File photo of the School District 71 office.
COMOX, B.C.- Parents are being asked how long Spring Break should be.
A survey has been posted to School District 71’s website.
Each year, school districts in British Columbia must prepare calendars for the elementary and secondary school year and present them to the Ministry of Education.
Calendars are drafted up in accordance with the B.C. School Act and submitted for approval.
The District Calendar Committee, which is made up of the Comox District Teachers Association, CUPE, the District Parent Advisory Council, the Comox Valley Principals and Vice-Principals Association, and staff, have worked together to prepare calendar options for the next three years.
According to a release by SD71, the three calendar years (2018/19, 2019/20, and 2020/21) are in a package and offer a choice between a one-week or two-week Spring Break.
Feedback from the online survey will be brought forward to the Trustees at this month’s public Board meeting.
If the two-week option is chosen, no adjustments will be made to days in secondary schools.
However, the elementary school day will need to be extended by two minutes, starting in fall 2018, and by five minutes in fall 2020.
“Parents, students, staff and the greater community are strongly encouraged to participate in the survey,” Assistant Superintendent Tom Demeo said in the release.
“The Calendar Committee’s goal is to recommend a school calendar to the Trustees that best reflects our community’s voice.”
The survey is available until January 16th.