New 'rolling' PD day added to P.E.I. 2016-17 school calendar

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A member of the Georgetown Elementary Home and School Association reads to children in the classroom.

The 2016-2017 school calendar is now available.

The calendar has 197 total school days,  which is the same as last year. There are 181 instructional days, which is also unchanged from last year.

New for this year is a rolling professional learning day in November, where instead of all schools being closed on the same day, some families of schools will close, while the rest of the system remains open.

There will be 11 professional learning days for K-9 teachers, with 10 professional learning days for high school teachers. There are also five administrative days for K-9 teachers, including parent-teacher interview days, while the high school teachers have six administrative days.

On the new rolling professional learning day, Sandra Herbst, one of the nation’s leading experts on assessment for learning, will be traveling across the province to meet with every Island teacher to discuss strategies to help students make improvements in foundational skills.

“Government’s priority is to build a strong and cohesive education system that provides young people with every opportunity to grow and succeed,” said Education Minister Doug Currie.

“I encourage all families to consult the school calendar to support their children’s education by planning for family appointments, holidays, and other activities in a way that maximizes the amount of time their children spend in school.”

The school calendar is available online at

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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  • JL
    March 10, 2016 - 07:08

    This makes sense as it gives the employer more flexibility in finding and delivering professional development classes to its employees. Why close every bloody school in PEI when you only need to train the grade 4 teachers, for instance, on a new curriculum requirement? This is long overdue and is what is being done in other more progressive provinces. Glad to see PEI is finally catching up. Now if only we can work on that Maritime Union thing that Bill Kays is so fond of.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    March 09, 2016 - 14:39

    Why aren't 'professional learning day's' abbreviated to 'PL' days rather than PD days? It's no wonder our children are confused Sorry for being so critical, no I'm not.

  • Fed up
    March 09, 2016 - 13:48

    What person is making a decision that idiotic. Families have children in different schools...which means finding sitters TWICE as often!! Teachers with more than 5 years experience...and NOT need the amount of professional development days already in place. This is the most idiotic idea so far! How do you justify this making any sense?!? Definitely NONE!

  • Wish I was a teacher
    March 09, 2016 - 12:45

    must be nice , 11 paid "learning days" guess they couldnt squeeze that into the 10 paid weeks off in the summer .... no other profession gets this , why should they , its obviously not working ..... oh wait ... they need special prep time and time to mark papers ....omg .... !!!!!!!!!!!

    • acefreely
      March 09, 2016 - 17:23

      You'd best get your a$$ back to school then and become one

    • I'm sure this won't matter
      March 10, 2016 - 09:58

      Teachers are actually NOT paid for the summer or Christmas/March break. What ACTUALLY happens is that they have a certain salary based on the number of days in the school year (197). A portion of this salary is held back every pay in order to "self-fund" those times in which they are not paid....Christmas/March break/Summer. It's essentially a mandated leave with income averaging scenario. Let's not even get into the number of teachers who spend a large portion of their free time in the classroom, helping students, running extra-curricular programs, sports, etc. Let's not get into the "fact" that everyone "knows" better than every teacher on PEI, but never seems to have a valid suggestion....just a scream of teachers are horrible. Let's not get into the fact that education is and should be an ever evolving process and that like students, teachers need to be able to have time to learn. What we really need to focus on is getting a sitter an extra day, the number of storm days, and when we believe it's best for teachers to do their job(when people like yourself seem to believe you can dictate)....let's start an argument on that stuff....these are all the "important" things....not the state of our education system and the surprising lack of information on the upcoming changes...not the fact that teachers can't even sit on the new formed education advisory councils....there is a lot more.....but like I said....I'm sure this won't matter.......

    • Observer
      March 10, 2016 - 10:55

      Teachers are NOT paid over the Summer!!! 10-Month paid employees. No EI, No Pay from June 30-September 1!!!

    • The
      March 11, 2016 - 21:12

      Observer .. U are wrong SECTION 10 - METHOD OF PAYMENT 10:01 (a) (b) Each teacher shall receive an annual salary in 26 payments, each of which shall be 1/26 of his/her annual salary. Notwithstanding the preceding, a teacher employed for less than a full school year shall have such payments prorated. Notwithstanding 10:01(a), a teacher shall receive his/her deferred salary payments for the months of July and August on the last school day of the school year. Such deferred salary payments shall be deposited no later than June 30.