New PA day in April
The Upper Canada District School Board has updated the 2015-16 school year calendar to include an additional Professional Activity (PA) Day Friday, April 15. This update, directed by the Ministry of Education, is a result of recent settlements with provincial teachers’ federations.
As with all PA Days, students do not attend school on April 15 as school staff will be participating in professional development activities as mandated by the Ministry of Education. The UCDSB is about to finalize its 2016-2017 school year calendar.
As in previous years, the board is recommending a change from the suggested provincial calendar and has scheduled the Christmas holiday to begin at school day’s end on Friday, December 23, said Superintendent David Coombs. If the calendar is approved, classes will resume Monday, January 9. “We’re proposing December 23 because it allows for a week after the holiday rush for people to catch their breath, relax and enjoy some time with family before classes resume,” Mr. said Coombs. “This isn’t the first time we’ve made this change. The feedback we’ve received in past has been overwhelmingly supportive.” Trustees must approve the schedule by February 24 for submission to the Ministry of Education by March 1.