Two-week spring break OK’d for Surrey students

Will be third year school district has adopted cost-saving measure.

Students in Surrey public schools will again get two weeks off for spring break next year.

The move was approved Thursday by trustees for the third consecutive year.

The extra week will be added prior to the provincewide break, meaning Surrey students will be off from March 12 to 23.

The five non-instructional days equate to a savings of more than $500,000 for the district. There will be a slight increase in daily teaching time to make up the five days.

The extended spring break was approved by the Surrey Board of Education as part of the local calendar for the 2011-2012 school year.

There are also another six district-wide non-instructional days scheduled throughout the year.

All B.C. school districts are required to adopt calendars for each of their schools on or before May 31 for the following school year.