ID: School Week

Classification: 
I: Instructional
Code: 
ID

POLICY

Schools in School District #39 shall operate on a Standard Provincial School Calendar as set out in the School Act (Sections 77 and 78) and School Calendar Regulation (114/02). Schools shall be in session the required minimum number of hours of instruction per day as set in the School Calendar Regulation (Section 8.2). 

Elementary Schools: Duration of the School Week

Each elementary school must offer not fewer than 23 hours 45 minutes of instruction in any calendar week calculated at 4.75 hours per day. Recess, lunch and scheduled breaks between classes do not account toward instructional time. 

Kindergarten classes shall be in session not fewer than 446.4 hours per school year calculated at 2.4 hours per day.

To provide greater flexibility to schools, the hours of instruction for Kindergarten are specified for the course of the school year, rather than hours of instruction each school week. This will accommodate schools where the daily Kindergarten schedule may switch between morning hours and afternoon hours within the school year.

A school may provide fewer hours of instruction to students entering Kindergarten for the first five days of the school year (half day Kindergarten) and the first 10 days of school (full day Kindergarten). 

Except where schools are given special permission, Elementary Schools will not start instruction before 08:30 hours or continue after 15:30 hours. 

Schools may apply to the Associate Superintendents-Area, to operate on a “Modified Week Schedule” with the proviso that two (2) hours shall be the greatest allowable amount of time modification per week and that any change is supported by consideration of educational rationale. 

Secondary Schools: Duration of the School Week

Each secondary school must offer not fewer than 25 hours and 45 minutes of instruction in any calendar week calculated at 5.15 hours per day. Recess, lunch and scheduled breaks between classes do not account toward instructional time. 

Except where the school has been given special permission, no secondary school shall begin instruction before 08:00 hours or continue after 17:00 hours. 

All Schools

Recess, Lunch Periods, Scheduled Breaks

The Board has the authority to determine the time and duration of the recesses and lunch intermissions, and other scheduled breaks at all schools. 

DMT Responsibility: AS-M

Cross References: 
ID-R: School Day; ICA: School Calendar; ICA-R: School Calendar
Adopted Date: 
Monday October 18, 1982
Revision Date: 
Apr 1990
Feb 1996
Jan 1999
Nov 2005