Double the spring break next year?

Parent input sought into School District 68 proposal

Parents have until April 19 to provide input on proposals to the school calendar that include extending spring break to two weeks.

During its meeting on March 18, the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District school board directed staff to begin a 30-day consultation on the five recommendations created by the Nanaimo Ladysmith School Calendar Committee.

These recommendations are:

1. To extend the three-year local school calendar to the 2017-18 school year

2. To implement elementary school local schedule guidelines — which means consistent early dismissal on Mondays, consistent Monday to Friday bell schedules, and consistent short (morning) and long recess schedules

3. To implement secondary school local schedule guidelines — which means consistent late start time (9:15 a.m.) on Mondays to allow for Professional Learning Communities time

4. To increase spring break to two weeks

5. To remove a non-instructional day (the District Implementation Day) and replace it with an instructional day

The consultation period began Friday, March 20 at 3 p.m., and it will continue until Sunday, April 19 at midnight.

You can provide feedback directly to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District’s communications department by e-mailing communications@sd68.bc.ca or by completing the online survey at www.sd68.bc.ca.

The school board will receive a report from staff and make its decision at a special business committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. at 395 Wakesiah Ave. in Nanaimo.