If you’re the parent of a child in a Surrey public school, you’ve no doubt grown accustomed to having the kids out of class for two weeks each spring.
And like it or not, the extended spring break vacation is here to stay – not just for next year, but until 2017.
For the first time, the Surrey Board of Education has approved its district-wide school calendars for the next three consecutive schools years – 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
Each of the three school years, approved at the board’s last meeting on March 13, includes six non-instructional days throughout the year, as well as four or five extra school closure days in Surrey to extend the normally week-long provincial spring break in March.
The extra spring break days add up to a savings of at least a half-million dollars for the school district.
Spring break will be March 9-20 next year, March 14-24 in 2016 and March 13-24 in 2017.
Trustee Reni Masi said the district consulted with parents, students and employees about the school calendar proposals and all were supportive.
The School Amendment Act (Bill 36) enacted in spring 2012, established new rules wherein there is no longer a standard B.C. school calendar and each district is required to establish its own school schedules following consultation with stakeholders.