New PA day in April

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.

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