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2018-2019 School Calendar

January 22, 2018

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The Chinook Calendar Committee developed two calendar options for the 2018-2019 school year. Through an online vote, several Chinook employees and parent stakeholders chose their preferred calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. As a result of the vote, "Calendar A" was chosen. The calendar has been approved by the Chinook Board of Education and meets the Ministry of Education requirements. 

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 may plan in a proactive manner. 

Key Points
  • Legislation requires students begin school following Labour 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.
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.

Highlights of Calendar A 
197 days including non-instructional days; 186 instructional days
  • September 4 - Students begin
  • Longer (two week) Christmas; shorter Easter (April 19 - 24)
  • February break (Feb 18 - 22) 
  • Teacher Convention - March 22
  • Long weekend March (4-day weekend) for students and families
  • Students finish June 26
  • Unbalanced semesters (92 student days sem 1; 94 student days sem 2)
  • 310 minutes of instruction per day (or 5.176 hours per day)
Survey Results
A total of 937 people voted in the online survey:
  • 254 staff participated in the vote
  • 161 staff with children in the schools
  • 562 parents/guardians participated 
  • 10 community members participated
567 people chose Calendar A.

Click here to view the 2018-2019 Calendar.


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