The Upper Canada District School Board has released the draft 2016-2017 school year calendar, and is seeking public input before it is approved. As in previous years, the board is recommending a change from the suggested provincial calendar and has scheduled the Christmas holiday to begin at school day’s end on Friday, December 23.
If the calendar is approved, classes will resume on Monday, January 9. Superintendent David Coombs says they are proposing the two-week break begin on December 23 because it allows for a week after the holiday rush for people to catch their breath, relax and enjoy some time with family before classes resume.
Coombs added the local Catholic board plans to follow suit.
Area residents have until Tuesday, February 16 to provide comment on the draft calendar. Trustees must approve the proposed calendar by Wednesday, February 24 for submission to the Ministry of Education by Tuesday, March 1.