Kamloops schools to return to one week spring break

By James Peters
January 17, 2017 - 2:01pm Updated: January 17, 2017 - 2:37pm

KAMLOOPS — The two week spring break experiment in the Kamloops-Thompson School District is coming to an end.

At last night's Board of Education meeting, trustees voted 4-3 in favour of returning to a one week spring break, starting in 2018.

The board had decided on a three-year trial when it first approved the longer break in 2014.

Board Chair Meghan Wade says the prevailing side was concerned with the educational problems with having students away from school for two weeks.

"The other side of it looked at our employee groups and what their request was; some extra time off for them," said Wade. "Both perspectives were discussed and the vote came down to return to the one week spring break."

Wade says trustees debated the issue frankly, and the decision wasn't cut and dried.

"I was pleased with the open, direct discussion that we had at the board table last night. I don't think this was an easy choice or decision for any of my colleagues. They spoke from their perspectives, they spoke from their beliefs and their conviction."

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