Two-week spring break will continue in Kamloops-Thompson school district

School’s out for two weeks in the spring until at least the end of the 2017 school year.

By Cam Fortems

Kamloops This Week

School’s out for two weeks in the spring until at least the end of the 2017 school year.

Trustees for the Kamloops-Thompson board of education took no action to change the school calendar at spring break following a report that polled 6,700 parents, as well as the teachers union.

A robo-call phone poll of district parents found about 60 per cent prefer the two-week spring break. The lost days are made up by extending instructional time each day.

“It got good coverage,” district superintendent Karl deBruijn said of the poll. “It went to a lot of homes.”

Parents who don’t like the extra week break typically struggled with childcare concerns, he said.

Teachers reported to the board there was no “so-called summer slide where kids regress.” The teachers’ union favours continuing the two-week break.

The board of trustees decided to try a two-week spring break in the 2014-2015 school year for a three-year term.

Monday’s (July 6) report reviewed it in year one, with teachers and parents in favour of continuing.

The district parent advisory committee did not take a position.