Bill will allow year-round schooling
Districts can fix length of summer break
Jonathan Fowlie And Doug Ward, Postmedia News
Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Education Minister George Abbott has introduced legislation that will eliminate the standard school calendar and allow boards of education in B.C. to offer alternative scheduling options.
Abbott said school districts have been able to change individual calendars but that few have, largely because the province has issued a standard set of recommended dates for the school year. Abbott said he expects that changes to the school year will be "evolutionary," with many schools moving toward shorter summer breaks.
"Perhaps school districts will look at a six-or seven-or eightweek summer break, versus a 10-week break. Or whatever the school board, the parents, the students and the public feel is appropriate."