The purpose of this procedure is to provide guidance for teachers and support staff with respect to the use of non-instructional days.
- There are six non-instructional days in the school calendar and they are designated as follows:
- The “Ministry Day,” where under the School Act the Minister of Education may designate a day for the purposes of facilitating activities that “in the board's opinion are designed to enhance student achievement, with a focus on either personalized learning or aboriginal student success.” (Ministerial Order 122/93)
- The province-wide day (typically in October)
- The district-wide day (typically in February)
- Three “school based” days (assigned by the Board)
- Non-instructional days are to be used for:
- individual or group professional development;
- school planning or teacher education related to new curriculum or educational change.
- School principals have a duty to work collaboratively with their staff to ensure that all non-instructional days are used productively to enhance the learning agenda.
- Teachers are required to report the nature and location of their professional learning to their principal prior to each non-instructional day.
- The focus of the “school-based” day is to be decided collaboratively by both teachers and principals through consensus and a vote at a staff meeting. The vote for the content of a non-instructional day should be noted on the agenda, with sufficient notice (minimum of five days) for teachers. The rule of "50% plus 1" of all staff applies for the vote.
- All teachers are expected to participate in the professional development choice(s) of the majority.
- With the principal’s approval a teacher may work on an alternative activity independent of a whole staff activity.
- Teachers may work at another site, with principal’s approval.
- Teachers may not use non-instructional days in lieu of time spent at parent teacher conferences.
- Part-time teachers may choose to attend non-instructional days when it is not their regular day of work.
- Support Staff
- If in a permanent position, support staff are to be paid for attendance on non-instructional days, but should engage in learning activities appropriate to their assignment.
- If requested, the principal may provide leave (without pay) from a non-instructional day.
- Casual support staff do not get paid for attending a non-instructional day unless the Human Resources Department provides approval.
Last Revised: June 2016