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February 9, 2018 – The Provincial Government announced today that, effective 2019, the Family Day Holiday will move from the 2nd Monday of February to the 3rd Monday of February. This change is not currently reflected in the AMENDED Proposed 2018/19 School Calendar that has been published for Public Comment. The version presented to the Board of Education in March for their consideration will include the change. There will also be further discussion regarding the scheduling of the February District ProD Day. PROVINCE OF BC NEWS RELEASE

February 7, 2018

Additional Non-Instructional Day Added to Proposed 2018/19 School Calendar


Effective February 1, 2018, the Minister of Education amended the requirements for school calendars in the 2018/19 school year to require the inclusion of one additional required non-instructional day (students not in attendance).

The North Vancouver School District received notice of this legislated change late on February 2, 2018.

This change at the Ministry level now requires the school district to amend and re-publish the 2018/19 Proposed School Calendar to insert this added non-instructional day. The date selected for this "New Curriculum Training" day is Friday, January 18, 2019.

Accordingly, the North Vancouver School district is re-issuing the PROPOSED 2018/19 School Calendar as the AMENDED Proposed 2018/19 School Calendar and will re-start the one-month Public Comment period effective Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Comments will be accepted by email at calendarcomments@sd44.ca until midnight Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Please note: There will not be a response to your individual emailed comment; however, a summary of all comments received will be compiled and provided to the Board of Education.

Comments previously received on the initial PROPOSED 2018/19 School Calendar will be retained and communicated to the Board of Education, in addition to all new, incoming comments.

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AMENDED Proposed 2018/19 School Calendar for Comment - Link to Printable PDF



January 29, 2018

Proposed 2018/19 School Calendar

The Board of Education invites your comment on the PROPOSED North Vancouver School District School Calendar for the 2018/19 school year.

The School Act and the School Calendar Regulation B.C. Reg. 314/12 require that proposed school calendars be made public at least one month prior to planned submission to the Minister of Education, and that the Board of Education provide the opportunity to parents of students enrolled in each school and to representatives of employees of the Board to provide comments with respect to the proposed calendar.

School districts may develop school calendars for up to 3 years. At this time, only the 2018/19 School Calendar is being presented for approval. However, the tentative Start, End and Holiday dates for the following two years have been identified and can be viewed below.

For 2018/19, the key proposed dates for the District Calendar*:

  • First day of school: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Winter Break: two weeks, December 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019, inclusive (aligned with known break dates for other Metro Vancouver area school districts)
  • Spring Break: two weeks, March 18, 2019 to March 29, 2019, inclusive (aligned with known break dates for other Metro Vancouver area school districts)
  • Five (5) Staff Collaboration Dates throughout the year (shortened days for students)
  • Last day of attendance for students: Thursday, June 27, 2019

*Please note that final calendars for each individual school will be published in late May. It is possible that non-instructional dates currently shown on the District Calendar may differ on the final Calendar for your specific school. Start, End and Holiday dates however will remain the same for all schools.

Public comments on the PROPOSED 2018/19 School Calendar will be received by e-mail beginning Monday, January 29, 2018. Comments will be accepted up to, and including, February 28, 2018. The email address is: calendarcomments@sd44.ca.

Comments on the PROPOSED 2018/19 School Calendar will be shared with the Board of Education for their information. Personally identifiable information (name, e-mail address, etc.) from your e-mail comment will not be included; only the text of your comment will be provided.

The PROPOSED 2018/19 School Calendar will be presented to the Board of Education for its consideration and approval at the Public Board Meeting on March 13, 2018.


January 29, 2018

Tentative Key Dates for 2019/20 and 2020/21:

 2019/202020/21
First Day of SchoolSeptember 3, 2019September 8, 2020
Winter BreakDecember 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020, inclusiveDecember 21, 2020 - January 1, 2021, inclusive
Spring BreakMarch 16, 2020 – March 27, 2020, inclusiveMarch 15, 2021 – March 26, 2021, inclusive
Last Day of School June 26, 2020June 29, 2021



Update: December 13, 2017

On December 12, 2017, the Board of Education received the first draft of a 2018/19 Proposed School Calendar developed by the school district’s School Calendar Committee. The Board was updated on the status of committee discussions that will continue into January, with the next School Calendar Committee meeting scheduled for January 22, 2018. At their next meeting, the School Calendar Committee will work to finalize a recommendation to the Board of Education for their January 23, 2018 Public Board Meeting.

Following confirmation by the Board, the final version of the 2018/19 Proposed School Calendar will be communicated to parents, students, staff, and community members and a 30-day public comment period will begin. It is anticipated that the public comment period will begin in the last week of January. The Board of Education will be updated on the public comments received before making their final decision on the 2018/19 School Calendar in March 2018.


December 8, 2017

PROPOSED 2018/19 SCHOOL CALENDAR

The School Calendar Committee has developed a Proposed School Calendar for the 2018/19 school year and will provide an update to the Board of Education at their Regular Public Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2017. If the Board of Education is satisfied with the Proposal, the 2018/19 Proposed School Calendar will be made available for public comment in late January.

The key dates included in the proposed calendar are:

  • First day of school: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Winter Break: two weeks, December 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019, inclusive (aligned with known break dates for other Metro Vancouver area school districts)
  • Spring Break: two weeks, March 18, 2019 to March 29, 2019, inclusive (aligned with known break dates for other Metro Vancouver area school districts)
  • Five (5) Staff Collaboration Dates throughout the year (shortened days for students)
  • Last day of attendance for students:  Thursday, June 27, 2019


September 1, 2017

JANUARY NEW CURRICULUM DAY REVISION

SUTHERLAND FAMILY OF SCHOOLS ONLY (Sutherland, Brooksbank, Eastview, Queensbury, Ridgeway)

The Approved 2017/18 School Calendar has been amended to reflect a scheduling change for the January New Curriculum Training Day. All schools, with the exception of those in the Sutherland Family of Schools, will continue with the previously scheduled date of Friday, January 19th.

The Sutherland Family of Schools will hold their New Curriculum Training Day (non-instructional day for students) on Monday, January 29th.

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North Vancouver School District Calendar 2017/18


March 8, 2017

APPROVED 2017/18 SCHOOL CALENDAR

At the Public Board Meeting on March 7, 2017, the Board of Education approved the 2017/18 School Calendar.  The School Calendar has been approved as proposed.

A two-week winter break will be held from December 25, 2017 to January 5, 2018, inclusive.  A two-week spring break will be held from March 19, 2018 to March 29, 2018, inclusive.  Good Friday and Easter Monday fall respectively on Friday, March 30th and Monday, April 2nd; schools re-open on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

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All other scheduled dates remain as proposed: 

2017/18 Non-instructional Days:

The North Vancouver School District 2017/18 School Calendar includes the following three (3) District-wide Professional Development* days, one (1) Curriculum Implementation day, one (1) New Curriculum Training day (as required in 2017/18 by the Ministry of Education), and two additional school-based Professional Development days:

    • Friday, October 20, 2017*
    • Monday, November 6, 2017
    • Friday, January 19, 2018
    • Friday, February 23, 2018*
    • Monday, May 7, 2018*

* The three (3) District-wide Professional Development dates are selected by the North Vancouver Teachers' Association (NVTA) and the dates provided on this calendar indicate the anticipated dates. The NVTA's final selection will be confirmed on or before May 31, 2017.

Two (2) additional school-based Professional Development days will be determined by each school's Staff Committee as per the Collective Agreement and will be communicated by the school to its parent community on or before May 31, 2017.  [Please note: The two (2) dates highlighted in fuchsia (2) in the 2017/18 calendar are example dates only.]

2017/18 Staff Collaboration Dates:

    • Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

The school day will be shortened on these dates with secondary schools scheduling a late start and elementary schools scheduling an early dismissal. Details regarding start and dismissal times will be communicated directly by each school.

2017/18 Community Feedback Received

The Board of Education would like to extend appreciation to all those who provided feedback on the proposed calendar. Nearly 200 responses were received. Of these responses, two themes emerged: 1. the desire for winter break to be changed to December 18, 2017 to December 29, 2017, inclusive; and 2. the desire to move both the November 2017 Curriculum Implementation day and the February 2018 District-wide Professional Development Day to create four-day weekends. Both of these recommendations from the community were seriously considered by the School Calendar Committee.

The School Calendar Committee decided not to change the winter break for various reasons, including: the belief that having a winter break aligned with all of the other Lower Mainland school districts is incredibly beneficial for parents, staff and students; the recognition that having a winter break aligned with West Vancouver schools enables local service providers to offer more spring break programs; and the understanding that the traditional formula used to determine winter breaks assigns the last Friday before Christmas as the last day of school before the break.

The School Calendar Committee also strongly considered moving the November 2017 Curriculum Implementation day to align with the Remembrance Day long weekend and the February 2018 District-wide Professional Development Day to align with the Family Day long weekend, creating two four-day weekends. However, for this school year it was decided not to do this in order to respect Remembrance Day by having school ceremonies as close to Remembrance Day as possible. The School Calendar Committee will look at the possibility of four-day weekends for future calendars.