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2016-2017 School Calendar Vote

November 09, 2015


The Chinook Calendar Committee has developed two calendar options for the 2016-2017 school year. This year ALL Chinook employees and parent stakeholders may vote for their preferred calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. 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 families may plan in a proactive manner. 

This year both of our calendar options will be posted online, and parents and staff may vote using Survey Monkey. Voting is open From November 9 until November 18. Click here for the online survey.

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

Key Points
• With a late Labour Day, legislative changes require students start prior to 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 late 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; 
    • Post Labour Day student start time;
    • A 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 24 -27; June 23 -28 
  • 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)

Calendar Options

  • This option is a more traditional school calendar 
    • September 1 student start date
    • Christmas break December 22 – January 3 (9 school days off)
    • February break
    • Easter break​
  • This option breaks tradition slightly
    • September 1 student start date
    • Christmas break December 24 – January 8 (10 school days off)
    • February break
    • Shorter Easter break
* The vote results will be gathered by the calendar committee who will make a recommendation to the Chinook Board of Education, who will have final say on the calendar at the December Board of Education meeting.

Should you have any questions regarding the calendar, please feel free to contact Kyle McIntyre, Deputy Director at kmcintyre@chinooksd.ca or 306-778-9200. 

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

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