It won’t happen this year but the Quesnel School District will go to a two week spring break next year and the following year after that.
Gloria Jackson, the Chair of Quesnel’s Board of Education, says that decision was made at this week’s meeting following a lengthy consultation process…
“The past year we’ve had a spring break committee to look at the two week spring break possibility. This committee was comprised with our support union, Cupe, the Quesnel District Teachers Association, senior administration, the Principals and Vice Principals Association and a Trustee rep. And through this past year we had many meetings, we sent surveys out to community groups, we surveyed staff, we surveyed parents.”
Jackson says the benefits people suggested would be more family time, that it would enhance staff wellness and align with most of the other districts in the province.
She says concerns are that it could impact the vulnerable members of the population that access their breakfast and lunch programs and also increase childcare costs.
The District will save roughly 115 thousand dollars but most of that will come at the expense of wages for support staff.
Approximately 75 percent of the people who responded to surveys were in favour of going to two weeks from one.
Jackson says this change will be for a two year trial period for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 school years.
To make up for the lost week, Jackson says they will simply add some time to each day.