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Sooke rejects two-week spring break

Apr 26 2012

The Sooke school board has decided against moving to a two-week spring break.

Trustees decided Tuesday night to stick with a one-week holiday in March 2013.

“We have heard from parents in our district that a two-week spring break could make it more difficult to find or afford child care,” chairwoman Wendy Hobbs said in a news release today. “As a board, we have an obligation to do what is right for the community and the school district, and there didn’t seem to be any compelling reason to change the standard calendar.”

Saanich school board is still considering expanding its spring break as a way to save money and align with Greater Victoria and most other districts around the province. School days would be lengthened by eight minutes throughout the 2012-13 school year to make up for the additional week of vacation in March.

If approved, spring break would begin on March 11, instead of March 18, and run to March 22.

The Saanich school board rejected a similar move two years ago on the grounds that it offered no educational benefit. But trustees plan to revisit the issue at a public budget meeting May 2.

A discussion paper on the district's website says that moving to two weeks will save $150,000, and provide health benefits to students and staff.

The board has asked for feedback from the public by May 1.

Saanich board chairman Wayne Hunter said he expects trustees will be more receptive this time, because the district faces a budget crunch and needs to find ways to save money.