The Ministry of Education has approved the school year calendars for the 2016-17 school year for elementary and secondary schools in the Wellington Catholic District School Board.
Trustees initially approved the draft school year calendars at the February meeting of the Board, which was then submitted to the Ministry of Education for final approval. The calendars meet all of the requirements under Ontario Regulation 304 and were reviewed by stakeholders, including representatives from all bargaining units, principals, human resources, board staff and parents. Both calendars have 194 school days, including seven professional activity days. Ten instructional days have been scheduled for secondary exams.
Students will start the school year on September 6, 2016. The last day of school will be June 29, 2017 for elementary students and June 28, 2017 for secondary students. Due to where Christmas falls next year, a modified calendar was approved whereby students will be in class until December 23, 2016 and return after the Christmas holidays on Monday January 9, 2017. March Break will be from March 13 to 17, 2017. The Upper Grand District School Board submitted a similar calendar to the Ministry for approval.