New school calendar includes more weeks of uninterrupted learning

Next year’s school calendar includes the same number of school days but four more weeks that have five full days of uninterrupted learning.

The 2017-2018 school calendar, which identifies instructional and professional learning days, is now available to the public on the provincial government and education websites.

“The calendar committee strives to find the best balance of learning time for both students and teachers,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie. “I am very pleased to see that they have protected four more weeks of uninterrupted instructional time which can positively impact student achievement.”

The 2017-2018 school calendar has 197 total school days, the same as this year. There are 181 instructional days, which is also unchanged from 2016-2017.
High quality professional learning opportunities for educators is directly linked to student achievement. There are five provincial professional learning days for K-12 teachers. There are also two parent-teacher interview days for K-12 teachers. High school teachers have a day for administration at the end of the first semester.

“Because March Break is later next year and will run into Easter, we are hoping that families will use this block of time if they are planning extended travel,” added Minister Currie. “I encourage families to use the school calendar to support their children’s education by planning for family appointments, holidays, and other activities in a way that maximizes the amount of time children spend in school.”

The calendar was developed by representatives of the PEI Home and School Federation,La Fédération des parents de l’Î.-P.-É. Inc.,the PEI Teachers’ Federation, CUPE, La Commission scolaire de langue française, Public Schools Branch, principals, teachers and staff.

The school calendar is available at Prince Edward Island School Calendar.

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