Coast Mountains school district adopts two-week spring break

Longer break to help those going on a spring vacation

THE COAST Mountains school district will adopt a two-week spring break for the upcoming school year.

At a monthly school board meeting last night trustees voted unanimously in favour of the longer break, which had been brought to public consultation at meetings earlier this month in Terrace, Kitimat and Hazelton.

Saying the public response to the two-week break was largely positive, Kitimat trustee Ray Raj brought the motion forward.

This is not a money saving thing,” Raj said, noting that the change would be approved for only for one year right now.

The issue was brought up at the March school board meeting because a two-week break would offer students and their families more time to travel or leave the area. Concerns on parents and guardians finding alternative care for their children was also discussed.

However, support for the additional time off was largely positive during the public consultations, prompting the board to go ahead with the amended calendar.

Stewart trustee Shannon McFee said for her community the two-week break received huge support because of the high travel costs to leave Stewart.

Terrace and District Teachers’ Union president Karen Andrews said teachers support the two-week spring break, noting that this school district is one of the few in the province that wasn’t already offering one.

Because we are remote it’s so hard to get away,” Andrews said, noting this is especially true for Stewart students who have to travel for a day before they even reach an airport.

Newly-sworn in Kitimat trustee Linda Campbell asked if non-teaching staff paid by the hour would be affected, and board chair Art Erasmus said an agreement had been made with their union, the Canadian Union of Public Employers, so the longer break will be of no cost to workers.

 

 

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: One injured in collision near Onion Lake

The semi truck and van collided between Terrace and Kitimat at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 15.

MBay park gets provincial cash injection

The money will be used for a fully accessible 800 metre loop trail

Tax cut good news for small businesses

Small-business corporate income tax rate to drop from 2.5 to 2 per cent

Arsonists jailed for 2014 blaze

Supreme Court hears mother and children of Kitimat home still traumatized

Radiology review finds 10% discrepancy

Provincial government to implement action plan

100,000 bulbs shine bright for Lights of Hope

St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver launched its annual campaign to raise funds for equipment, research

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Nasty note on B.C. windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Federal funding to combat guns, gangs and opioid crisis

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said illicit drugs are often main cause of guns, gangs violence

Riverview youth mental health centre proceeds

Replacement for Maples Treatment Centre first announced in March

Dead boy’s father posts Facebook response after Appeal Court upholds conviction

David, Collet Stephan were found guilty in their son Ezekiel’s 2012 death from bacterial meningitis

Trudeau mania, Scheer enthusiasm in B.C. this week

Prime minister, Conservative leader drop in on Surrey, White Rock

Most Read