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GBO Staff Training and Development Opportunities

Adopted: March 9, 1998

Amended: January 26, 2010


The Board of Education believes that students in Fort McMurray Public Schools are entitled to receive services from staff who are committed to excellence in their work. To encourage its staff to refine their work related skills and knowledge the Board will allow time for site based initiatives that focus on planned improvement activities designed to promote excellence in the delivery of instructional and support services.


  1. The Superintendent/designee shall have authority to approve modifications to the approved school year to allow individual schools or groups of schools up to four additional non-instructional days for carefully planned in-service programs that focus on improvements to instructional skills, strategies, knowledge or support services.
  2. In order to receive consideration for modification to the approved school year, a school principal must submit a plan that:
    • ensures provincial instruction time requirements are met
    • aligns with district and provincial goals and priorities
    • is results oriented
    • has staff support
    • has parent council support
  3. Timeline recommendations:
    • plan submission deadline April 15
    • plan approval May 1
    • plan implementation September - May
    • results report June on current year


Legal Reference: Alberta School Act: Sections, 56
Cross Reference: HC School Year – Organization of School Year


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