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2018-2019 School Calendar Vote

November 27, 2017

The Chinook Calendar Committee has developed two calendar options for the 2018-2019 school year. This year all Chinook employees and parent stakeholders may choose their preferred calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. Typically, we try to set our Division calendar early so families may plan in a proactive manner. 

Committee Members:
Bob Vavra – Superintendent of Learning 
Denise Toeckes – Principal, Butte Colony
Teresa Broberg – Bus Driver
Holly Franklin – CTA VP and Vice Principal, Shauavon Public School
Jonell Buss – Teacher, Sidney Street School
Pat McKenna – Office Manager, Fairview School
Kyle McIntyre – Deputy Director
Deb Reamer – SWAC Athletics Coordinator
Ruth Weiner – EA, SCCHS

Both calendar options will be posted online for parents and staff to vote. Voting is open to parents and staff November 27 at 3:00pm – December 1, 2017. Links are below.

The goal of this consultation process is to have a calendar recommended to the Chinook Board of Education shortly after this year’s Christmas break.

Key Points
  • Legislation requires students begin school following Labor Day. Our calendars have been developed with the change in mind.
  • Parents and Chinook staff will have the opportunity to state their preference through the online survey.
  • The chosen calendar will need to be reviewed and approved by the board in early January and then approved by the Ministry of Education.
  • One school admin day has been moved from the end of June to the beginning of the year to permit teachers more time in their classrooms prior to start up.
  • As in the past, schools will have the opportunity to work with their local school communities to determine specific student conference times and formats.
Calendar Options:

Defined Requirements
  • The Saskatchewan Education Act requires the following:
    • A minimum of 950 hours of instructional time per year,
    • Six weeks of summer vacation; 
    • Post Labour Day student start time;
    • Christmas break that begins no later than December 23 and ends not sooner than January 2;
    • ​A Spring break with no more than 5 consecutive days.
  • Ministry of Education Provincial Examinations – January 23, 24, 25, 28; June 20, 24, 25, 26 
  • 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

(197 days including non-instructional days; 186 instructional days)

  • Longer Christmas; shorter Easter
  • September 4 – Students begin
  • Two week Christmas break (December 22 – January 6)
  • February break (Feb 18 – 22)
  • Teacher Convention – March 22
  • Long weekend March (4-day weekend) for students and families
  • Easter break (April 19 – 24) (shorter/after Easter)
  • Students finish June 26

​Calendar B​ 

(197 days including non-instructional days; 186 instructional days)
  • Shorter Christmas; longer and earlier Easter
  • September 4 – students begin
  • Teacher Convention – October 5 
  • Christmas break (December 22 – January 2)
  • February break (February 18 – 22)
  • Longer Easter break (April 15 – 22, prior to Easter)
  • Shorter long weekend in March (3-day weekend) and additional day added to May long weekend (4-day weekend)
  • Students finish June 27
Should you have any questions regarding the calendar, please feel free to contact a Calendar Committee member or email​

Please note: If you pose a question in the comments within your survey, we are not able to answer you as the survey is anonymous. If you would like us to answer, please private message us on Facebook or email​​.


The vote results will be gathered by the calendar committee who will make a recommendation to the Chinook Board of Education. The Board will have final say on the calendar at the January Board of Education meeting.​​

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