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HWDSB 2017-18 Secondary School Year Calendar Approved

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has received approval from the Ministry of Education on its 2017-2018 secondary school year calendar.

IMPORTANT DATES:

First Day of Instruction – Semester 1 Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Winter Holiday Break December 25, 2017, to January 5, 2018, inclusive
Last Day of Instruction – Semester 1 Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Last Day of Exams – Semester 1 Wednesday, January 31, 2018
First Day of Instruction – Semester 2 Friday, February 2, 2018
March Holiday Break March 12 to March 16, 2018, inclusive
Last Day of Instruction – Semester 2 Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Last Day of Exams – Semester 2 Wednesday, June 27, 2018

 SECONDARY EXAMINATION DAYS:

Semester 1 Exams Thursday, January 25, 2018, to Wednesday, January 31, 2018, inclusive
Semester 2 Exams Thursday, June 21, 2018, to Wednesday, June 27, 2018, inclusive

 SECONDARY PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY DAYS:

Friday, September 22, 2017 Board-Wide Continuous Learning & Improvement ProcessHealth and Safety Training
Friday, November 3, 2017 Secondary School Improvement Process
Friday, December 1, 2017 Board-Wide Continuous Learning & Improvement Process
Thursday, February 1, 2018 Transition & Promotion Process
Friday, March 2, 2018 Board-Wide Continuous Learning & Improvement Process
Thursday, June 28, 2018 Transition & Promotion Process
Friday, June 29, 2018 Board-Wide Continuous Learning & Improvement ProcessTransition & Promotion Process

Development of the 2017-18 school year calendar was undertaken in consultation with the School Year Calendar Advisory Committee that consists of members representing: Elementary and Secondary Principals; Elementary and Secondary Teachers; Parents through Home & School Associations and Parent Involvement Committee; Educational Assistants; Early Childhood Educators; and School Office Assistants.

The calendars comply with Regulation 304, School Year Calendars and Professional Activity Days.

Regulation 304, School Year Calendar, Professional Activity Days sets the requirements for preparation and submission of school year calendars to the ministry.  This includes a minimum of 194 school days between September 1 and June 30. Of those, school boards must dedicate three (3) Professional Activity (PA) days to provincial education priorities and up to four (4) additional PA days per school year.

As directed by the Board, a 30-Day Public Consultation was undertaken from February 1 to March 3, 2017. The overwhelming majority of responses received agreed with the proposed dates and PA Day topics for both the elementary and secondary calendars.

The 2017-2018 calendar is posted below:

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