SD54 releases schedule

Students will receive a two-week spring break starting next year.

Students in School District 54 will get a two-week spring break for the next two years, starting in the 2014-2015 school year.

At the SD 54 regular board meeting Feb. 18, trustees passed a motion to accept a draft calendar that ties spring break to Easter, resulting in a longer break.

The decision was based upon consultations with students and staff in the district. Assistant superintendent Mike McDiarmid said more than 400 parents responded to their survey and the results were very clear.

“It was overwhelmingly in favour,” McDiarmid said. “Almost all of our stakeholders would like a two-week spring break.” Now, the district is considering ways for the students to make up for the time that will be lost.

One idea — moving a non-instructional day to late August — was rejected by the Bulkley Valley Teachers’ Union. The draft calendar will now be sent out to stakeholder groups before it is officially approved.