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

Published on March 9, 2016

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

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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 http://www.gov.pe.ca/eecd/schoolcalendar