Spring break to remain at one week for Sooke district

Sooke Board of Education has voted to keep its spring break one week long and not extend it to two weeks, as other districts have.

Sooke Board of Education has voted to keep its spring break one week long and not extend it to two weeks, as other districts have.

Board chair Wendy Hobbs said that there is no concern on the part of the board about the district being out of step with the Greater Victoria School District, which has a two week break.

“Not at all. We weren’t doing this decision to stay in line with the other school districts,” Hobbs said. “For us it was an individual school district decision and we just felt that there were not enough compelling reasons to change it at this point.”

Input from the public came in a number of ways. Hobbs said that responses were split fairly evenly in regards to arguments for or against extending the break, but ultimately the board did not believe there to be a valid reason to make a change.

“Nothing really convinced us that going to a two-week break was beneficial at this point.”

This may be a moot point, however, as it looks like the structure of the entire school year will soon be reexamined.

Last week the Ministry of Education announced that it is scraping the standard school year calendar.

The move is intended to give districts more flexibility in how they schedule their year and has the potential to bring an end to standard summer holidays in some districts.

A minimum number of instructional hours will stillneed to be met.

“Enabling greater flexibility and choice is a key component of B.C.’s Education Plan,” Education Minister George Abbot said in a press release. “These amendments to the School Act will provide school districts with additional tools to support personalized learning.”

Hobbs said that the Sooke board of education will discuss forming a committee at its next meeting, on May 22, to look into the decision and decide how to approach the change.

Before that happens Hobbs couldn’t speculate on if the district will make any changes to its teaching schedule.

“All I can really say at this point,” Hobbs said, “is that next board meeting the trustees will discuss setting up a committee to learn about the new way of doing the school calendar and that we will get all of our partners in the education community to take part in it and see where it goes from there.”

Sooke Teachers’ Association president Patrick Henry said changes to the school year isn’t a new idea and he questions the Education Ministry’s timing for making the announcement.

Considering that teachers and the government are in the middle of a legislated one-year “cooling off” period, Henry said it’s inappropriate to be introducing such changes.

“It’s something that cries out for consultation,” Henry said. “For the government to arbitrarily throw out the suggestion that we’re going to move into year-round schooling without fulsome public debate seems ludicrous. It seems like it’s been presented as a fait accompli, not a discussion paper.”

news@goldstreamgazette.com

 

 

Just Posted

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation looks to grow funding for memory garden

Foundation will start new campaign next month as it wraps up recruitment campaign

Survey says 27% of Victoria employers look to hire this quarter

Another 13 % of employers anticipate cutbacks

UPDATED: Heavy police presence in Victoria had part of Bay Street blocked off

Bay Street east of Quadra Street was blocked off on Saturday

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Most Read