Working to rearrange school calendars

Lisa Goudy
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City of Moose Jaw

The 2013-14 school year will be uniform in Saskatchewan.

The provincial government announced this week instructional hours in a school year must be 950 hours. A government release states school divisions must submit their calendar year plans to the Education ministry by May 1. Classes must be scheduled starting after Labour Day and ending June 30.

“We’re still in the process of affecting how these changes are going to affect our schools,” said Prairie South School Division (PSSD) communications co-ordinator Darby Briggs. “We have a few different calendars to consider and we want to make sure that we have the best arrangements for the teachers and the students while we still meet those ministry requirements.”

She said a few schools are working on an alternate calendar with a kind of four-day program. She said they have a few Fridays off and students are at school longer in a typical week.

“That works really well in some of our rural communities where kids have to ride the bus longer or they’re needed back at home for work and things like that,” said Briggs. “It helps the parents out a lot.”

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.


Organizations: Prairie South School Division, Education ministry, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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