Public Feedback on Proposed School Calendars


We are looking for your feedback on the proposed school calendars!

The Board of Education for School District 79 (Cowichan Valley) is required to create a calendar that meets the legislated requirements of the School Act and our collective agreement with the Cowichan Valley Teachers’ Federation (CVTF).

At the February 6, 2018 public board meeting, the Board of Education passed a motion to make the proposed three-year district calendar available for public feedback. The Board is currently seeking public and employee feedback on the proposed calendars for the 2018/19, 2019/20, and 2020/21 school years. All proposed calendars meet the prescribed minimum hours of instruction that a Board must offer to students.

Feedback will be collected until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 through our online survey. Comments will be submitted to the Board of Education for consideration. The Board will make their decision regarding the proposed calendars at the March 6, 2018 public board meeting, which members of the public are welcome to attend. Final calendars are due to the Ministry of Education by March 31, 2018.

The proposed district calendars include the following information:

  • Non-instructional days (no school for students)
  • School start and end dates
  • Holiday dates (including winter and spring break)

The district will also be scheduling seven early dismissal days throughout the school year, to accommodate teacher collaboration and planning time (Professional Learning Community) and to support teachers in their ongoing communication with parents regarding student learning, as per our collective agreement with the CVTF. A survey question around preferred early dismissal days is included in the survey, and the final calendar will include these dates.

Final calendars will be posted on our website and distributed to parents in April.

For further information about the calendar process, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Thank you for your feedback!