Calendar Consultation

Public Review of Three-Year Calendars Now Open

You have until March 7, 2020 to submit your comments regarding the proposed school year calendars for 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23.

According to Section 87.01(2) of the School Act, “a board must, in accordance with the regulations of the minister, prepare a school calendar for each school in its school district for each school calendar year”. According to Section 87.01(7) of the School Act and the Calendar Regulation, the Board must make publicly available a school calendar that it proposes to submit to the Minister at least one month before the date the school calendar must be submitted to the Minister on March 31, 2020. Furthermore, the District must provide an opportunity for parents and representatives of the employee groups to provide comments to the Board of Education.

Prescribed Minimum Hours of Instruction
According to the School Act, a Board of Education must offer not less than the following hours of instruction in a school year to students enrolled in schools in its district. 

  • 853 hours of instruction for students in kindergarten.
  • 878 hours of instruction for students in grades 1 to 7.
  • 952 hours of instruction for students in grades 8 to 12. 

Amending the Calendar
The Board may, in accordance with the School Act, amend a school calendar that has been made public by the Board under section 87.01 (9) or (10) if, in the opinion of the Board, an amendment is neccessecary. 

Process and Timelines
The School Calendar Regulations provide the parameters for process and timelines when establishing a calendar for a district. The Regulations define the terms and demand the following:

  • Prescribed minimum hours of instruction by year
  • Expected consultation with stakeholders
  • Format of published School Calendar

The public review of the calendar is open until March 7, 2020. Please submit your concerns or comments regarding the propose calendar to facilityinput@sd73.bc.ca.

The final school calendars for the three year period will be presented to the Board of Education for approval at the Regular Public Meeting on March 9, 2020, 7:00 PM at the Board Office, 1383 Ninth Avenue, Kamloops, B.C. 

Comments

Scott L.
I feel that the calendar should be changed to the 2 week spring break model to align with the rest of the province. My son has shared that many of his classmates are absent around the break as they are away on holidays. Consequently the teachers can’t move on with the curriculum and it’s time wasted.
Amanda M.
After having a quick look over of the calendar school year for the next three years I would like to see the two week Spring Break coming back.  As a CEA, I find the one week isn't long enough to help the students or the staff to regenerate and finish off the school year strong and at are best.  

I hope all of those whom are taking in the feedback actually take the time and truly listen to everyone's feedback on this topic.
Exposure
I would prefer a two week Spring break.
Nicole A.
I seriously hope a two week break will be considered. The vast majority of parents, teachers and students are in favor of it. I come from Australia where there are three two week breaks throughout the school year. As a former student, teacher and parent of this system I can attest to the benefits of a decent break throughout the school year. Retention losses are minimal with a two week break and the health and family time benefits are many. Furthermore it will put Kamloops in line with the great majority of school districts in this province. At present sporting bodies in BC are organizing training opportunities that Kamloops kids do not have the opportunity to pursue because they are scheduled to attend school. To me this is absurd and the whole province should be united in its school calendar.  
If this is what most people want I can not fathom why those chosen to represent us would vote any other way. To me that is an abuse of power and simply wrong. 
Krista P. 
I would like to advocate for a two week spring break. Most other districts in B.C. and most other provinces enjoy a two week break. Families need this time to reconnect and recharge. 
Steven B.
The overwhelming majority of parents and teachers supported a 2 week Spring Break in a district survey 3 years ago.  Shortly thereafter, SD#73 announced a 1 week Spring Break. Kamloops is one of only two districts in BC to have a 1 week Spring Break. How can this decision be justified by the SBO? It seems punitive.
Sme M.
Would love a two weeks spring break for my children to relax and to spend time together!
Susie M. 
Please consider a 2 week Spring Break for our district.
Lisa P.
I support the 2 week spring break. This gives time for trips as a family.
Karen P.
I would really like to see a two week spring break! I feel that the two weeks gives us an overall healthy break for both students and staff. We should be in line with the rest of British Columbia!
Cindy O.
SD#73 Trustees need to re-visit the Spring Break issue and do what they should and change it back to a 2 week Spring Break.  Almost every district in BC has a 2 week Spring Break - it doesn't make sense to have one of the biggest districts in BC - not on the same calendar as the other districts  in BC.  Think About it!
Leann M.
I would like the schools to have a 2 week spring break. 1 week is not long enough to take your kids on a holiday, to feel rested.
Christina H.
I was hoping to see it go back a 2 week spring break again but sadly when I opened it there was still only 1 week. My vote is for a 2 week spring break. After such a long winter my kids are definitely in need of a longer mental break, one week just seems to go by too fast.

Denise P.

I would like to propose keeping the 1 week spring break.  I am also wondering about how many Pro d/non instructional days are needed/required for the school year? I am also wondering why they always need to be on a Friday or a Monday and they seem to coincide with a long weekend.  I work a Monday-Friday schedule, do not get Pro d days and work throughout the summer time. 
Kim B. 
Thank you for keeping spring break at 1 week.
Cindy M.
As a family we would love to see sd73 bring back the 2 week spring break. The 2 weeks is greatly needed in my opinion to give the kids a chance to unwind and prepare for the haul towards the end of the school year! Thanks Cindy.M
Terra M.
I support a two week spring break.
Laura B.
Please go back to a 2 week spring break, it is ridiculous that we only have one week. I believe it affects our ability to get teachers in the area. Certainly, if I was deciding between Kamloops and Vernon or Kelowna - I would go with a 2 week break.
Wendy A.
Urging you to implement the 2 week Spring Break.  Why are we the only district in the Province that still has the 1 week break?  Has consideration been given to the fact there are families that have children attending both an Independent School and a Public School?  Independent being 2 weeks and Public being 1 week can be difficult to co-ordinate.
Many families are taking 2 week holidays at Spring Break regardless, and those children are already missing the second week, why not make it official ????  My child tells me, there are hardly any children in class the week after Spring Break because everyone is on Holidays.  That teachers are not starting anything new due to the lack of attendance, that the week after Spring Break is being used for reading and assignment catch up.  Sounds to me like the teachers have now become ‘free’ Child Care, and not a teacher - this is NOT an acceptable situation. It is unfair to both the Students and the Teachers.
Stephanie R.
It would be nice to have a two week spring break.
Naomi
Regarding the 2020-2021 and on, calendar. We want a two week spring break. Add minutes to the end of the day or start if the day. The kids and their families need this time. I know there are families that “can’t afford daycare”, when we had the two weeks before they made it work. Opportunities for reasonably priced childcare opened, parents helped other parents. It’s doable like all the other cities in BC and Alberta.
Andrea M.
Please return the 2 weeks Spring Break so many trips are being cancelled in schools, we are the only ones left in the Province to visit friends and family we need the break . Huge difference in behaviours of students when it is just one week !!!
Nicole L.
Please bring back 2 week spring break.  It is really hard to split a 1 week vacation off school when you have a blended family. Parents appreciate teachers more after 2 weeks home with kids and boyh teachers and kids appreciate the 2 week break from school.
Michael B.
I have three children in sd73 and would like the two week spring break to be brought back.
Jenn B.
Would like to go back to the 2 week spring break like other provinces.
kelticfox
I would love to see it go back to a two week spring break in Kamloops. The parents voted and wanted a two week break. Also the rest of the province gets a two week spring break, why do we not get the same luxury. 
Michelle
I would like to see a 2 week spring break back and be set as a standard, as all other school district have done. Students and staff are tired and stressed by March and would benefit from enough time to de stress, relax, enjoy family time and travel.
Lauri B.
I am surprised that the calendar still reflects a one week spring break. The results of the surveys from three different interest groups, as well as feedback in the last few consultations shows the majority favour a two week break. The majority of the districts in this province have a two week spring break. Research supports having a longer break for students to recharge and families to reconnect. Why does this district insist on having a one week break? I would like to see a two week spring break.
Katina P.
Hi, I wanted to share my input regarding Spring Break for the upcoming three years of the school calendar. To remain on par with the other school districts, I feel that we need two weeks for Spring Break. Thank you for your consideration.
Jody P.
Where is the 2 week spring break that we have all asked for. I am in favor of the 2 weeks at spring break. 
Crystal A.
I am also writing in as so many others have to urge you to reconsider the 2 week spring break. Majority of people and teachers and faculty are in favour of 2 weeks. You need to listen to the people.  I also think you need to reconsider some pro d days. Why not structure pro d days around long weekends. Example, we had a pro d day earlier in Feb and then a long weekend for Family Day, why not make the pro d day the Friday before the long weekend. I feel like parents would take advantage of that and travel if they can. Also consider having a pro d day after Halloween if it's on a school day. Perhaps its difficult on the middle of the week but if possible that Halloween is in a Thursday to make the Fri after a pro-d day. So many parents don't send their kids anyways and teachers don't want to deal with hyped up kids either. 
Those are the things i would like you to consider when making the calendar. 
Melanie T.
A two week spring break should be part of the school calendar to align with the vast majority of the province.   It is not fair to view teachers and support staff as day care providers. Parents in this district will have to figure something out as other parents in other districts must. It’s needed for healthy recharge.
Kate K.
I would love to see a return to a two week Spring break as almost all districts in BC have. Many families take the 2 weeks anyway in order to spend time with their family members who have children attending other school districts in BC.
Michele T.
100% in support of 2 week spring break. Surely the SD can recognize that (except one small rural district) we are the ONLY district that has only 1 week. Is this because we are the only district that ignores the democratic process? Three years ago you polled parents and staff then ignored the results and imposed a 1 week break against the opinion of the majority. 
Pam B.
I feel that there should be two weeks for Spring Break !
Holly A.
I agree with all the other people and their comments regarding a 2 week Spring Break.   Almost all the other Districts throughout the Province have a 2 week Spring Break.  It does not make sense and is difficult for families to plan to see other family and friends with our 1 week break, compared to Districts at the coast and other areas that have a 2 week break.  When students, teachers and parents prefer and expressed a preference for a 2 week break, then it is baffling why the Kamloops School District does not address and change the break to the 2 week model.  

Two weeks is a good amount of time to rest, and relax.  I spend part of my break planning and improving the subjects I teach.  The two weeks … just ensures I get rejuvenated and also have time to plan and prep for the rest of the year.  

Thank you for your consideration and efficiency in changing back to the 2 week spring break that we had before.  
Mike S.
The teachers have indicated support for two weeks Spring break.  Majority of parents including myself have asked for two weeks. What else can we do or say to convince the school board to make a decision that will  align with the majority?  What gives the board members the right to go against the wishes of their stakeholders?   Why ask for input if they are not to be heeded?  Resign if your personal values hinder fulfilling your job as our representatives!  
Amy L.
I just wanted to give my input on the proposed calendars for 2020-2023.
I am concerned about the lack of a two week spring break.  When spring break was changed back from two weeks to one week, it was done in opposition of the wishes of most parents and teachers.  We were told that the one week break was just a trial, and would be revisited.  I have yet to see any explanation as to why we are staying with a one week break.  Most families, mine included, would much prefer a two week break.
Gina M.
We moved to this school district from SD58 and Was devastated to learn that it was only a week here. I would love to see a 2 week spring break!
Jennifer S.
I would be in favor of a 2 week spring break.
Cheryl H.
Yup.  2 week Spring Break PLEASE! 
Sherri O.
I have been the Track & Field Coordinator for elementary schools for a number of years now. I am the liaison with the City for doing all of the bookings for Hillside Stadium for the outdoor events and TCC for the Indoor Relay Fest. The BC LIONS have been coming to Kamloops for their training camp for the past 4 or 5 year, which has significantly (negatively) impacted our track meets. Since Hillside Stadium was built elementary (and high school) track & field meets have been taking place there. We would begin with the zone meets (4 zones), which took place during the week after the May long weekend. Each zone would be on one of the days and we would rotate each year so different zones didn't always get 'stuck' with the Tuesday after a long weekend. Then we would have the District 1000/1200 on one morning for following week (Tuesday) with the full District Meet on the Wednesday.

With the meets being in late May, schools were able to have enough time to properly teach the various skills associated with each event, give students time to practice and then to qualify for the zone meet to represent their school. This time of year was also good because we didn't have to worry about snow and snow-covered fields. This allowed the district staff time to prep our fields - line the tracks, fix the pits etc.

Now that the BC LIONS are here, their 'prime' time is also our prime time, and the City have given their needs priority. This has resulted in our meets being moved to early May where all of our meets are completely finished well before the May long weekend. This has posed some major challenges for schools, especially those up the hill (Pacific Way, Aberdeen, McGowan Park, etc.) where we have a 'longer' winter season. This has also caused some issues with the hiring of CUPE staff to complete the prepping of the fields. There have been some times where our fields and pits were 'fixed' after the meets.

Last spring, executives and member of the Kamloops Track & Field Club as well as myself met with City staff (Sean Smith) to discuss our issues and concerns. Although he was sympathetic and asked for our 'ideal' times and he would do his best to accommodate us, we were given dates even earlier than last year! After alternative solutions (suggested by Judy Armstrong and Joan Cowden) and compromises were sent to the City, we were given some better dates. However, they are still not ideal. However, we have no choice but to accept what we are given. There have been countless emails going back and forth between myself and all of the other people previously mentioned. So, as long as the BC LIONS are coming to Kamloops for their training camp, we will be in this less than ideal situation.

In one of the emails sent to me by the City, they suggested that the Pro-d day in May should be changed and that I should contact district officials. That is why I am sending you this email. I understand the new calendar dates are being set for the next 3 years, so I wanted to provide you with this information. The current Friday pro-d date before the May long weekend has not always been there; I know it has been there for quite some time now, but not since I started as track coordinator. Therefore, I was wondering if the district would consider moving this pro-d date to the first week of May?
Beverly B.
I would like to see a 2 week spring break.
Katie J.
Would like to see SD73 go back to a 2 week spring break 
Robby H.
I am 100% in favour of adopting a two week Spring Break in SD73.  It has many health and wellness benefits for both students and teachers.  Not only does it help with the health and well-being of the students and teachers, it helps with cost savings of bussing for the district.  
Tash V.
For the school calendar spring break would be nice if it was 2 weeks like the coast.
Jessica L.
I love this district, I love working for sd73, but I also love my family!!

As an employee, I know from Winter break to March can be very long!! It doesn't help with the darkness, the weather, and also having to work out of town from Kamloops 0.4fte of my time in Barriere.

As a newer mom, it upsets me, that I dont get to spend as much time with my baby girl. I have to put her in daycare to go work, and then by the time I arrive home, its dinner and bedtime. Weekends are just not enough time. I want to be a mom that is able to spend time with my family and actually raise her and our future babies.

By having the second week of Spring Break, I feel like I will be able to be refreshed for the rest of the year but also I will have that extra family time, that I am always craving!!!!!
Lia K.
I would like to see the District revisit the 2 week spring break. Using the previous model that shifted time from the week missed towards a few minutes daily seemed to work well. The majority of parents and staff voted in majority of a two week spring break during the last time the calendar was amended so that information should be considered when implementing the newly structured format.
Jamie K.
As both a school district employee and the parent of two SD73 high schoolers, I wish the calendar would include a two-week Spring Break.
Dale H.
Giving feedback on the school district calender. I would love to see it return to the two week spring break format. Less pro d days. Maybe one every couple of months but not every month.
Michelle B.
Our family strongly supports a two week spring break with a calendar similar to the one the district used for the trial period a few years ago - same beginning and end of the school year with a shorter lunch time.
Scott & Michelle S.
I’m writing in response to the upcoming calendars posted for the next three years.  I would like to see the two week Spring Break considered.  
When this was taken away 3 years ago, the district took the time to survey the public. The outcome was, majority of those voted were in favour of keeping the 2 week Spring Break. However, you took it upon yourselves to go against a majority vote. Last I checked we live in a democratic society, where we vote in people who represent the public’s needs.
I think it’s time that School District 73 and the school trustees, stand for the public and their wishes.
Carmen B.
I would like to see a two week spring break to align with the majority of districts in the province.  Families miss opportunities to meet/travel with extended  family members for vacation. Many parents are taking students out of class regardless & teachers are expected to catch students up.
Tiffany C.
I would like to put forward my opinion on spring break. We should have a 2 week spring break, just like almost every other district in bc.
Karen N.
I have twin daughters currently in Grade 8. I would prefer to return to the two week spring break to allow our family to go on vacations. One week is not long enough if we want to do an extended holiday. Now that they are in high school they do not want to miss any school so extending our holiday into school days is no longer an option.
Julie S. 

Please implement a 2 week spring break for the children to get the much needed R&R that they so desperately need.  A 2 week break from the day to day routine will refuel them to engage and finish the school year with enthusiasm.

I can tell that there is growing anger and frustration over the lack of response to your own survey regarding length of spring break.  Please listen to your audience.

Thanks for listening.

Kristina B.
I have been waiting for an opportunity to discuss this.  I have read some of the other comments regarding the 2 week break and I 100% agree with them, as do most parents I have spoken too on this issue.  Having a two week break in the Spring, the same as the rest of the province, allows me time with my children without having them miss class, which I don't like doing and allows us time to travel if we chose or spend time with family.  This time also allows us to recharge and rest after a long winter without much break.
I sincerely hope you revert to the 2 week spring break- as you trialed a couple years ago.
Lori R.
As with many of the other comments, I also say "WHERE IS THE 2 WEEK SPRING BREAK?"  There was an overwhelming majority of parents and staff who wanted a spring break, and still this is not reflected.  Do you not listen to the input you ask for?
Katie I.
I am sending this email as I am concerned with the proposed SD73 calendar when it comes to the one week spring break. As a teacher and parent, I would like to see our district align with other districts in the province and change our calendar to a TWO week spring break. I want to be able to spend time with my family (including family from other districts who will be having 2 week breaks), travel, and recharge. I also notice that some of my students tend to take off a few days to a week prior to or after our current one week spring break, so it’s difficult to start new content with many of the kids missing.
I appreciate the opportunity to voice my concerns and I hope you will take into account how many teacher and parents are feeling the same way as I am when in comes to this specific aspect of the district’s calendar.
Ian Ross
2 weeks
Nadine E.
Keep it the way it is one week of spring break !!!
Sherri R.
Shorter summer  maybe 5/6 weeks  and 2 week spring break
Chris M.
Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion on the SD 73 Calendar. My biggest concern about changes made to the school year calendar is that changes are made based on best practice or student data. In the last 8 years, SD 73 has had both a 2 week and one week spring breaks. Has there been any effort made to see if the academic performance and attendance has improved/declined due to the changes? I believe it is extremely important that any changes made regarding education be a result of what is best for our children. It is also my opinion that SD73 take into consideration what other districts around the province are doing with their calendars. Consulting districts such as Surrey with upwards of 72 000 students about their calendar (which includes a 2 week spring break) should be considered.
Christine O.
Please consider changing the one week spring break to 2 weeks. This would align with the rest of the province/country and would provide a more effective break for students and staff. It would also give families the opportunity to take a longer family vacation without students missing instruction time.
Kevin & Tanya G.
I would like to vote for a 2 week Spring Break. My children attended the Francophone School District and have always had a 2 week Spring Break. We got used to being able to coordinate vacations with our friends from other school districts. Now that I have 2 kids in high school in SD 73, it has been disappointing to only have 1 week. 
Please add the extra minutes to each day and change Spring Break to 2 weeks.
How do we have our vote count?
Angie L.
Our family would like to advocate for a 2 week spring break. 
Jay W.
The spring break should be two weeks. Families would like to spend time together however it is nearly impossible to take holidays when every parent is fighting for the sole week to take off. The school board likes to say it supports children and families however actions speak louder than words.

I’m amazed that it is only one week here which appears to be more of a convenience issue for the district versus having any real purpose.  The one week break was supposed to be a trial period but it looks like the district just wants to force it through again.
Dennis P.
The only change I would suggest is making Spring Break 2 weeks instead of 1.  The kids and the teachers need a longer break to recharge before the final 3 months of the year.  We are one of only two districts that only has one week.  It may also help to recruit education degree graduates from the various universities who can now pick and choose from jobs.  Why go work in Kamloops when Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm have 2 week spring breaks?
Becky R.
I feel the students and teachers should have a 2 week spring break like most of the provinces public and private schools.  A slightly longer day or shorter lunch recess would allow for this or take away 1 week from the very long summer break.  
Sam U.
I am very disappointed to see that the school district is staying with a one week spring break.
Sally Z.
Staff as well as students are tired by March and benefit from a two week break. Most school districts in BC have this already. It would be good to see the two weeks brought back. 
Mikala C.
1. We need a two week spring break. How are we supposed to recruit and retain teachers when other districts offer more time to regroup and recuperate? 
2. Make sure semesters are balanced in secondary schools. This year there were 2 more weeks in the second semester than the first semester.
Amanda B.
Please, please, please schedule a two week spring break.
Denise S.
2 weeks for spring break!!

Families need this valuable time together and not all of us parents have Summers off.  Or can have Christmas off for that matter!!

Would that not put us in line with the rest of the province and help recruit teachers!!! Please consider.  

I do understand the effects of families of younger children with little support and it does make it difficult.  So it is not without sympathy for all parents involved.

Please reconsider and allow the two week break.  
Taylor D.
Please bring back the 2 week spring break. It is needed for the students and it is wanted by the parents. End of story.
Kailey N.
I would love to see a two week spring  break brought back. I find the kids  need it by march as they are so exhausted and need a break. 
Adrienne Y.
Thank you for your proposed calendar.  I would love to see a 2 week spring break returning here as almost all school districts in BC have.  As an international family,  it really makes a difference to have time to celebrate our diverse family which includes overseas travel.  Thank you for your consideration. 
Jennifer G.
Completely support a two week spring break!
Ashley S.
Hello, looking at the school calendar for the next three years I’d really like to see the two week spring break reconsidered.
Jana H.
I would love to see the 2 week spring break back! And the flexibility of it to align with Easter when Easter falls in March or the very beginning of April. As well when there is a Pro-D day it would be a lot more helpful for parents if it could line up with a long weekend to make a 4 day weekend instead. For example the pro-d day earlier in February would have been wonderful if it had been the Friday before the family day long weekend.
Jenn C.
The two week spring break needs to be brought back. Teachers and students are exhausted by March. We are now teaching about caring for ourselves, being mindful of our needs, and learning to manage stress and worry in primary grades! What happened to letting them be kids and giving them time to be with their families? Teachers are exhausted and taking more mental health days than ever. We can’t give from an empty cup. Bring back the two week spring break.
Melissa S.
I have seen the calendar for the next 3 year school calendar and I wanted to say thank you for keeping spring break at 1 week. I feel this is what’s best for my child’s learning and as a single parent, is manageable to the needs of our family.   If parents, who can afford it, want to keep their child out for an additional week, they are more than welcome  to do so.

Again, thank you for keeping spring break to one week.
Angela R.
We need a 2 week spring break it’s not reasonable to have our spring break different then most of the province of BC - this really needs to be changed.
Doug & Karla T.
Wow..... So disappointed that you did not listen to the parents, teachers and students or our district and refuse to reinstate the 2 week spring break. Please re consider.
Michelle W. 
I think that the only change that should be made to the school calendars is to reflect a 2 week Spring break. We are one of the only districts in BC with out a two week break making it difficult to plan family vacations and such with out having our child miss an extra week of school anyways. 
Louise S.
I was just made aware of the release of the school district calendar for the next three years and would like to voice some concerns.

I note that the one week spring week is continuing. As you are aware parents voted on this when it was changed to one week and a large majority voted to keep a two week break. We were ignored. Teachers also overwhelmingly support a two week break as they feel it better supports learning. They are also ignored.

As the parent of two teenagers I see first hand how exhausted the high school kids are by March. A one week break is just not enough time for them to recharge so that they can finish the year at their peak.

Many families, us included, like to spend Spring Break travelling with our kids. The bonding time and learning opportunities are priceless and the years that we can do this with them are precious few. One week is not long enough to take them outside of North America. This leads to a scramble for working parents to try to book the same week vacation leave as their coworkers, having to travel in the more expensive summer months, less choice of destinations due to seasonal weather changes and ultimately a loss of family time. Something that is already in short supply in our society.

The majority of school districts in BC have a two week Spring Break. It is disappointing for families that they aren’t able to spend vacation time with family in other districts. This is especially difficult for divorced parents who alternate weeks with their children and whose week may not coincide with a one week Spring Break.

Finally, we were told that the one week was a trial and would be reconsidered. This doesn’t appear to have happened. I would urge the district to take parents and teachers concerns seriously and reconsider the one week Spring Break.
Lori W.
I would really love to see the 2 week spring break come back! And I know many families and many district employees who would love to see that come back as well. Thank you for your consideration!
Kirsten C.
Having looked at the proposed calendars for the next few years, once again the lack of a two week spring break is a glaring omission. As has been commented on by many others since the two week spring break was repealed, this was not a move supported by parents or teachers but was still implemented by the school board. If the board and district are truly sincere in wanting parent/guardian engagement in district planning, seriously take their feedback into account otherwise the request smacks of lip service. Further, if a two week spring break will once again not be considered there needs to be proper justification that is openly disclosed. Again, as others have mentioned, why is SD 73 essentially the only district to not have a two week spring break?
Sincerely,
Vannessa G.
I’ve had a look at the next 3 years and I am disappointed that the spring break continues to be only one week.
Please reinstate the two week break that other districts throughout the province use.
Chelle M.
I would like the district to implement a two week Spring break, as the majority of the school districts in this province have a two week Spring break. 
I was under the impression that most parents and school staff were in favor of the two week Spring break.
I also think that a one week Spring break could deter qualified teachers from working for our district as the incentive of an additional week of spring break is appealing. 
Students and staff benefit from time off to reset, allowing them to come back after the break rested and ready to finish the school year.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to voice our opinions. I hope the district listens to everyones input in regards to the two week Spring break.
Kathleen A.
It is baffling to me that SD #73, after overwhelming support was shown during the previous consultation process, is still proposing a one-week Spring Break. What is it that makes the needs of our district so unique compared to the vast majority of school districts in this province?
Leona M.
I had a look at the calendars for the next 3 years.  Yet again, I am so disappointed that we are still on a 1 week spring break.  I know there were surveys done a few years ago.  The results were strongly in favour of 2 weeks.  Why are we still one of the few districts with 1 week?  Many other districts in the province make 2 weeks work.  Why is this school district still holding out? 
Amy-Rae L.
We need to have the 2 week Spring break back, my kids need the extra time, why are we the only district that only has a one week break, it's rediculous.
Lisa F.
In regards to the new three year school calendar, I would like to know why the two week spring break has not yet been revisited.

We are now only one of two districts in the entire province who only have one week spring break. Not to mention, when the original surveys went out, staff, parents, and students were all in favour of the two week break. Many teachers work through their lunches, therefore they are actually working an entire week longer than those who have two weeks off.

This is a major issues that the district should be addressing and considering again.
Mary U.
Obviously, the SD 73 Spring Break should be 2 weeks, as it is in most other School Districts.  Staff end up taking the time off anyways, as LOA, holidays, or sick days -  then you are paying two salaries for their absences.  It just makes sense to change it back to two weeks off.
Jessica M
The future school calendar should reflect a 2 week spring break. Regardless of if we have 1 or 2 weeks, families do go on holidays during this time,  and will miss school if the break is too sport. Also teachers need time to recharge. I would prefer one week left at summer to accommodate a two-week spring breaking necessary. 
Michael W.
I am very curious as to why these next 3 years show only 1 week spring break. The overwhelming support amongst all stakeholders shows the desire for 2 weeks. I am wondering why this is not happening yet again.
Sophia S.
We need a 2 week spring break. It might help us recruit new TTOCs, teachers, and CEAs. There are very few districts left with only one week Spring Break. Also, it would be great if Nov 1st would be one of the ProDs; The day after Halloween is very difficult in elementary schools as students are overtired and hyped up on sugar.
Monte & Trina S.

Really?  SD73 is considering continuing to stick to a one week spring break?  Almost every other district in the province, and likely the country, has a two week spring break.


There are currently not enough TOC’s in the district to support the teaching staff.  As a result, teachers are often losing their prep time to cover for other staff members.  This lack of prep time directly impacts the quality of education our children receive.  Yet why would a new teacher be interested in coming to a district with less to offer than essentially all the others in the province?

Donna T.
It is ridiculous that almost all of the province of BC has 2 weeks, and Kamloops students do not.  I believe it is time to make this change.  
Billy C. 

Hello,

In regards to the proposed calendar, I would like to emphatically support a two week Spring Break. I am the father of a grade 1 daughter in school. She absolutely loves and lives for school and I have noticed in the last week she has been asking to sleep in and get a late slip at school (a child that never breaks a rule and has requested this) and has said she is simply exhausted. I listen to her and don’t encourage this but I am noting that she, and other students from what I hear from parents, are really exhausted in this push into Spring. They need time to mentally recuperate, spend time with their families and recharge.

This is not to mention the teachers, whose cars I often see outside the school on weekends, who often spend a good chunk of their Spring Break revamping and preparing in their classrooms. If the students are tired, you can bet the teachers also deserve some recuperation and then some time to prep and deliver better lessons with solid rest behind them.

 

Thank you for your consideration. I sincerely hope you take what the majority of parents have said in the past (support of a two week Spring Break) into account.

Cheryl T.
The obvious change that should be made to the proposed calendars is to add a 2 week Spring Break. It is ridiculous that almost all of the province of BC has 2 weeks, and Kamloops students do not.
Byron Mc.
It continues to baffle me this is even a question in SD73.....
With two weeks being the norm in all but one other school district (SD54, a farming and rural area with a student population of around 2,000), SD73 (an urban area with over 15,000 students) remains an anachronism with a one week spring break. 
A few years ago, a survey was taken where parents expressed a majority desire to have a two week spring break which was then ignored by the Board. The Board then continued with a one week spring break. It became clear why when the board subsequently used the carrot of a two week spring break in its negotiations with teachers. 
Our children need an opportunity to have a sufficient break to prepare for the remainder of the year. Further our continued adherence to a one week break causes significant issues for coordinating holiday schedules with friends and relatives in the rest of the province. 
I encourage the district to abandon the use of this issue as a bargaining chip - our children and families in SD73 deserve better. There is no supportable reason to continue with a one week spring break.
Liz J.
I would like to know the process by which we can approach the School Board Regarding a Two-Week Spring Break.  I notice that a two-week Spring Break is still not reflected in this set of calendars.  Please would you reconsider this in your deliberations or direct me to the people that make this decision.  I would really like to know the reason for such a long stretch of schooling with so little time for students to recuperate.  If this is not the correct venue, I would love to engage in this dialogue appropriately.

Thank you for your understanding.
Jennifer H. 
 Two things:

1) school should end the last Friday of June, not on June 30th
2) spring break should be two weeks to align with the majority of other districts in the province. This could easily be achieved by extending school days slightly to make up for the lost time. Parents would also appreciate the ability to take an extended vacation with their children or spend more time with their kids if desired rather than having to pull them out of school and miss class.

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