SD48 School Calendar Selection Process

Thank you for participating in the School District 48 school calendar selection process for the 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 school years. This process determines the broader placement of instructional time for students, and provides the framework for local processes regarding bell schedules, early dismissal days, and other non-instructional days to occur at the school level.

This page is intended to inform survey participants regarding the process and proposed calendar options. While we have opted for a simpler survey this time, designed to collect responses regarding the length of Spring Break and placement of non-instructional days only, we are still working to make the calendar selection process as collaborative, transparent, and efficient as we can for all of our stakeholders.  The link to the calendar survey can be found at the bottom.

Survey Participants:
The school calendar selection survey will be distributed to the following SD48 stakeholders for feedback:

  • Parents
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • CUPE support staff local
  • Principals and vice-principals and other district staff

Survey Input:
The calendar survey is an opportunity for you to voice your preference for Spring Break vacation times and lengths. The SD48 Board of Education incorporates the survey results and, along with the criteria outlined below, applies that information to make a final decision on the district’s school calendar. 

School District 48 Board of Education takes into consideration the following core criteria when determining a school calendar:

  • Does it reflect the provincial School Calendar Regulation which sets the required hours of instruction in each of the upcoming years?
  • Does it promote effective learning and a good experience for our kids?
  • Does it meet the terms of the Sea to Sky Teachers’ Association collective agreement?
  • Does it support the terms of the CUPE agreement?
  • Does it incorporate ideas and feedback from DPAC and school PACS?
  • Does it incorporate the feedback and calendar survey results from all SD48 stakeholders?
  • Does it recognize both the needs and challenges of the communities in Sea to Sky?
  • Does it consider financial implications and best use of resources?

Calendar Process Timeline:

  • June 8, 2016: Calendar process timeline shared with Board of Education
  • September 21, 2016: Process options developed
  • October 17, 2016: Process options shared with DPAC, SSTA, CUPE
  • November 9, 2016: Calendar process stakeholder feedback shared with Board of Education
  • November 17, 2016: Non-instructional days placed in consultation with the SSTA
  • December 5, 2016: Calendar e-survey opened
  • December 12, 2016: Calendar e-survey reminder issued
  • December 16, 2016: Calendar e-survey closed
  • January 6, 2017: Calendar e-survey results shared with Board and stakeholders
  • January 11, 2017: Board of Education calendar discussion
  • February 8, 2017: Proposed school calendars published if approved
  • March 8, 2017: Last scheduled Board Meeting prior to March 31, 2017 Ministry deadline.

*Exact dates may vary slightly – item serves as reminder

Proposed Draft Calendar Selection Options:
Click on the links below to review the proposed calendars.

One Week Spring Break                      Two Week Spring Break     
sd48-2017-18-1wk-draft-cal                   sd48-2017-18-2wk-draft-cal
sd48-2018-19-1wk-draft-cal                   sd48-2018-19-2wk-draft-cal
sd48-2019-20-1wk-draft-cal                   sd48-2019-20-2wk-draft-cal

Enter the Calendar Survey:
We appreciate your participation in helping the board make this important decision. Please click on the link below to enter the calendar survey.

SD48 Calendar Survey 2016

Comments and Questions:
Please email Peter Jory directly at