Below is the recommendation regarding
the Instructional Week for 2017-18, as passed by the Board of Education
at the April 25, 2017 regular public Board meeting.
School District No. 71 (Comox Valley)
607 Cumberland Road
Courtenay, B.C., V9N 7G5 Fax (250) 334-5552
_____________________________________________________ Telephone (250) 334 -5528
Instructional Week 2017-18
A week at a glance 2017-2018
The instructional week next year will be structured as follows:
Elementary – 8:45 am to 2:30 pm Monday to Friday, site specific times to be established.
Secondary – 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday to Friday, site specific times to be established.
Although research suggests embedded time for teachers to collaborate and work together to implement change (ie. redesigned curriculum, assessment practices, learning strategies, etc) is the most effective model, unfortunately we are not able to continue to do this at the elementary level. We will, however, continue to have ongoing discussions to explore options which may provide us with this time in the future.
At the secondary level feedback was analyzed from our parent and school communities as well as the limitations and opportunities from our collective agreement. We have the ability to have some curriculum implementation time but we are not able to operationalize it due to transportation restrictions and budgetary concerns. Our goal is to continue to offer differentiated learning opportunities on Fridays.
As schools develop their yearly plans, secondary schools may include some Curriculum Implementation time based upon schools needs and their ability to provide it without affecting district transportation operations.
For more information, please visit our web page at www.sd71.bc.ca or call the School Board Office (250) 334-5528.