School Board to debate length of spring break Monday night

By Doug Collins
March 13, 2017 - 6:31am Updated: March 13, 2017 - 5:39pm

KAMLOOPS — With the 2017 spring break set to start officially with the end of classes Friday, School Trustees could decide tonight whether this will be the last of the two week breaks.

School Trustees voted in January to end the two-week spring break experiment and return to one week, but after comments from teachers and parents, Trustees decided to review the matter and have more public dialogue.

The experiment started in 2014.

Trustees were far from unanimous in their January vote, with trustees split on whether or not the two-week break took kids out of school for too long.

And the Board itself can't determine the length of the break, unless it is to return to a one-week break.

Under the Current Collective agreements with the Teachers and with CUPE Local 3500, the two unions would have to give their approval to either renegotiating the Letter of Understanding that allowed for the two-week experiment or agree to extend the current Letter.

Or Trustees could decide to go ahead with their original plan in January to bring the one week break back. 

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