Elk Island Public School (EIPS) has decided to start school after Labour Day and keep fall break.
 
After an EIPS survey showed 71 per cent in favour of keeping fall break, the school board made one final tweak to the 2018/19 and 2019/20 school calendar years during their board meeting on Thursday (December 21).
 
“We are pleased to announce that we have been able to format a calendar that has students returning after Labour Day weekend and still retain the November break,” said Trina Boymook, EIPS board chair.
 
The survey was conducted in November and asked more than 7,000 students, parents and staff to vote for either starting classes before Labour Day to retain fall break, or start school after Labour Day and eliminate fall break.
 
All comments and votes helped the board in their decision.
 
“With that feedback in mind we were able to re-arrange some of the instructional and professional development days in such a way that students could return after Labour Day and still get that important week off in the fall that everybody seems to really like,” noted Boymook.
 
The 2018/19 calendar school year will start on September 4 and the last day of classes will be on June 27.
 
The full calendar can be found on the EIPS website.

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