2015-2016 School Year Calendar
March 5, 2015
Attached you will find the 2015-2016 school year calendar that was approved by the Prairie South Schools Board of Education on March 3, 2015. The calendar committee met January 21 to discuss parameters and developed two draft calendars. A survey was then conducted to collect feedback from school based-staff and parents. There were 1,431 participants, with seventy-five (75%) indicating a preference for Option A, with ten days for Christmas Break, five days for February Break and six days for Easter Break.
The committee worked hard to achieve a five-day February break after receiving feedback that this was important to a variety of groups. We were able to achieve this for the 2015-2016 year because of the adjustment to the beginning of the school year approved by the provincial government for 2015. We hope parents will take the opportunity that this break offers if they are considering a winter holiday in 2016 to prevent lost instructional time that occurs when family holidays happen during times when school is in session.
The calendar development process was guided by:
- Education Act Amendment Regulations 2012 effective January 1, 2013
- Locally negotiated contracts (prep days negotiated and placed strategically to meet requests of teachers, the beginning/end of the school year, report card times and semester turn around)
We appreciate the efforts of all stakeholders to provide feedback to establish a school year calendar in a manner that respects the needs of students, staff and communities. If you have questions or need clarification please contact Barbara Compton at 306-694-1200.
Superintendent of Operations
Prairie South School Division
15 Thatcher Drive East
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
306-694-1200 (office); 306-640-9807 (cellular)