Catholic Division board approves 2022-2023 school calendar

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The Prince Albert Catholic Division board of education gave approval to the 2022-23 school year calendar at their regular meeting on Monday.

The calendar is tentative until the Ministry of Education approves it.

In the draft, school will begin on Thursday Sept. 1 and Friday, Sept. 2 next school year because of staggered start times, with teachers having assigned teacher time on Aug. 26, 29, 20 and 31. The teacher convention is scheduled for March 17, 2023. Student Parent Conferences are on Oct. 7 to 20 and Feb. 6 to 9, 2023. Christmas break is from Dec. 23 to Jan. 4, 2023. The February break is from Feb. 21 to 24 and there is an April break from April 10 and runs until April 17. The last day of classes will be on June 27 of 2023.

We have a review of it with administrative staff, as well looking at the different elements within that,” education director Lorel Trumier said. “We will now submit that to the Ministry of Education for compliance review and then it has to be approved by May at the latest.”

The calendar includes 300 minutes of instruction per day and 950 hours of instruction per school year as directed in the Education Act.

The Ministry has approved an early start for the next school year, with school beginning before Labour Day.

According to the Education act, any year when the statutory holiday occurs on September 5 or later, the education minister can choose to start school during the previous week before the holiday. Labour Day is Sept. 5 this year.

The legislation to start school after Labour Day was introduced in 2011.

As well during the meeting the board addressed Prince Albert City Council’s desire to meet with representatives of the division as part of the City/School Board Liaison Committee. The Committee was established in May, 2016 and since then has met on three occasions.

The City sent a letter requesting a submission of a nominee to serve on the committee to be completed by Feb. 22.

Trumier said that something like this is similar to their regular meeting with Saskatchewan Rivers and the Prince Albert Area Teacher’s Association (PAATA).

It is certainly a natural time to resume that,” she said. “For the last two years here during the pandemic it has been on pause. It’s a natural time for that to resume for sure.”