It’ll be back to school before Labour Day this fall for students in the Horizon School Division. The Board of Education approved the 2022-23 school calendar which has students returning after the summer break on Thursday, September 1. The early start allows for 178 instructional days in the year, accommodating stat holidays and professional development needs. There are 195 operational days for the Division. . Horizon’s annual instructional time will remain above the Ministry of Education’s minimum threshold of 950 hours per year.
This year’s stat holidays will include the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. Last year, the Division hosted a gathering of First Nation elders and officials along with local dignitaries in a ceremony to foster Truth and Reconciliation.
This year’s calendar also features days for personal professional pursuits where teachers, in consultation with school administration, can follow self-directed inservice. Collaborative inservices days will have teachers and administrators gathering in groups to concentrate on an instructional focus and curriculum implementation.
“We are pleased to again offer PPD to support our staff and students. Our partnerships with the Horizon Teachers’ Association, CUPE, and our School Community Councils makes our calendar development and consultation processes very efficient, and direct survey feedback from our staff and families adds an important element to our planning,” said Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education.
The calendar leaves time for an extended Christmas break where students will cease classes on December 22 for a break that goes from December 23 to January 9 when classes resume. January 6 is designated as one of the personal professional days.
With standard breaks for Winter and Easter Breaks, classes will come to a close for the 2022-23 school year on June 30.