Ministry approves Catholic Division 2024-2025 school calendar

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The Prince Albert Catholic Division board of education was informed that the Ministry of Education has approved their 2024-25 school year calendar at their regular meeting on Monday.

The board approved the calendar in February and the Ministry received notice in early April.

“The school calendar is approved so we’ll take the next steps there to get that organized for the next school year,” education director Lorel Trumier said. “We’ve met all the compliance parameters that we need to, so (we’re) pleased about that.”

Trumier expected to receive approval by May at the latest.

The school calendar includes 950 hours of instruction time.

The school year will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2 because of where Labour Day lands on the calendar, with teachers having assigned teacher time on Aug. 25, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

The teacher convention is scheduled for March 14, 2024. Elementary Student Parent Conferences are on Oct. 21-24, 2024, and Feb. 2-6, 2025. High School conferences are on Nov. 20 and April 30.

Christmas break will be from Monday, Dec. 23 until Jan. 3. The February break is from Feb.17 to 21 and there is an Easter break from April 18 until April 25. The last day of classes will be on June 26 of 2023.

The calendar includes 315 minutes of instruction per day and 950 hours of instruction per school year as directed in the Education Act.

School will begin after Labour Day next school year, with Labour Day landing on Sept. 2.

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

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