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2017-2018 School Calendar Results

December 14, 2016

The 2017-2018 school calendar was approved by the Chinook Board at the meeting on December 12, and has subsequently been approved by the Ministry of Education, as per the regulations in the Education Act.

The Chinook Calendar Committee developed two calendar options for the 2017-2018 school year. Through an online vote in November, several Chinook employees and parent stakeholders voted on their preferred calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. As a result of the vote, “Calendar B” was chosen. 

Our Division practice has always been for a committee to create calendar options for our staff to consider. Typically, we try to set our division calendar early so that families plan in a proactive manner. 

Key Points
  • The first day for students legislated follows Labor Day – September 5, 2017.
  • Parents and Chinook staff had the opportunity to state their preference through the online survey.
  • The chosen calendar was reviewed and approved by the board in December and then approved by the Ministry of Education.
  • As in the past, schools will have the opportunity to work with their local school communities to determine specific student conference times and formats.
Defined Requirements
  • The Saskatchewan Education Act requires the following:
    • A minimum of 950 hours of instructional time per year;
    • Six weeks of summer vacation; 
    • Traditionally a post Labour Day student start time; 
    • A Christmas break that begins no later than December 23 and ends not sooner than January 2; and
    • A Spring break with no more than 5 consecutive days.
  • Ministry recommended February Break is February 18-24, 2018, to accommodate the Saskatchewan Winter Games in North Battleford
  • Ministry of Education Provincial Examinations – January 25-30; June 22-27 
  • Chinook Board of Education requires 3 professional learning community days; 2 student conference days; 3 professional development days; 3 admin days; and one convention day
Highlights of the chosen Calendar (B)
197 days including non-instructional days; 186 instructional days including conferences
  • September 5 student start 
  • Shorter Christmas break
  • February break (Feb. 18-24)
  • Longer Easter break 
  • Unbalanced semesters (94 student days semester 1; 92 student days semester 2) 
Survey Results
A total of 943 people voted in the online survey (169 more than last year)
  • 459 staff participated in the vote (159 are also parents)
  • 469 parents/guardians participated in the vote 
  • 15 community members participated in the vote
  • 57.4% chose “Calendar B”

Click here to view the 2017-2018 calendar.


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