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District Calendar

January 30, 2019


The Board of Education invites your comment on the PROPOSED 2019/20 North Vancouver School District School Calendar. The School Act and the School Calendar Regulation require that proposed school calendars be made available for public comment before being considered for adoption.

While school districts may develop school calendars for up to 3 years, only 2019/20 is being considered at this time. However, the proposed Winter and Spring Break dates for the next four years have been identified and can be viewed below.

Key proposed dates for the 2019/20 District Calendar are:

  • First day of school: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Winter Break: two weeks, December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020, inclusive (aligned with known break dates for other Metro Vancouver area school districts)
  • Spring Break: two weeks, March 16, 2020 to March 27, 2020, 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 25, 2020

For more information about how these dates and others are selected, please click here to visit the Calendar Development FAQ page.

Public comments on the PROPOSED 2019/20 School Calendar will be received by e-mail beginning Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Comments will be accepted up to, and including, March 1, 2019. The email address is:

Comments will be shared with the Board of Education for their information, but personally identifiable information (name, e-mail address, etc.) will not be included.

The PROPOSED 2019/20 School Calendar will be presented to the Board of Education for its final consideration at the Public Board Meeting on March 12, 2019.

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May 7, 2018


At the Public Board Meeting on March 13, 2018, the Board of Education approved the 2018/19 School Calendar with the following key holiday and start/end dates:

  • First day of school: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Two (2) week Winter Break: Monday, December 24, 2018 to Friday, January 4, 2019, inclusive
  • Two (2) week Spring Break: Monday March 18, 2019 to Friday March 29, 2019, inclusive
  • Five (5) Staff Collaboration Dates through the year (shortened days for students)
  • Last day of attendance for students: Thursday, June 27, 2019

The above dates were consistent with those included in the Proposed Calendar circulated for public comment earlier in the spring. The following dates on the Proposed Calendar were amended as indicated:

  • One (1) newly introduced Non-instructional Day: moved from Friday, January 18, 2019 to Monday, January 28, 2019. This additional non-instructional day was created by the Ministry of Education effective February 1, 2018.
  • Family Day Public Holiday: moved from Monday, February 11, 2019 to Monday, February 18, 2019. Change to the Family Day Public Holiday was announced by the Provincial Government on February 9, 2018.

Three (3) district-wide Professional Development dates have been confirmed by the North Vancouver Teachers' Association: Friday, October 19, 2018; Friday, February 15, 2019; and Monday, May 6, 2019.

An additional two (2) school-based non-instructional days will be selected by each individual school and included in their published school-specific calendar.  Each school will publish their 2018/19 school calendar by May 31, 2018.

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Approved 2018/19 School Calendar - Link to Printable PDF

September 1, 2017


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


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.