Ottawa public school students will head back to school at the end of August next year
Summer vacation will end early next year for 75,000 students in Ottawa’s English public schools who will head back to school at the end of August.
Officials at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board announced that the first day of school would be Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, one week before Labour Day.
The first day of school for the Ottawa public board is usually the Tuesday after Labour Day, but that’s difficult next year. Labour Day is unusually late — on Sept. 7 — making it more difficult to fit the required number of instructional days into the school calendar.
If school began on Sept. 8, a day after Labour Day, classes might have to be extended into early July 2021.
School board officials are also asking parents to offer their opinions on two other options for the 2020-21 school year.
An online survey open until Jan. 26 poses two questions:
New Board holidays:
The board is considering adding two “board holidays” during the year when all schools would be closed. One would be Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, creating a four-day holiday because Monday, Feb. 15 is Family Day. The other holiday would be Friday, March 12, which would extend by one day the March break that starts Monday, March 15. If the two holidays are added, the school year would be extended until June 29, 2021. If the holidays aren’t added, the last day of school would be June 25, 2021.
Officials want parents to comment on two options for the two-week Christmas break. Option 1 would involve ending classes on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, and resuming on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Option 2 would involve ending classes on Tuesday, Dec. 22, and resuming on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
The online survey can be found here.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board hasn’t set its school calendar for next year yet, but plans to discuss the issue in early January.