Administrative Procedure 130

School Year


The Board expects the Superintendent to prepare an annual calendar of school operational and instructional days and present it to the Board for approval no later than March 31.


Instructional Day means a day on which students are present in school and attendance is recorded.

Operational Day means a day on which teachers are required to be at work.


  1. Operational days shall include:
    1. Teachers’ Convention – three days inclusive of one day for travel;
    2. Teachers’ Institute – one day
  2. Operational days may include:
    1. Preparation – two(or more) days prior to the first day of school;
      – one day (or more) at the end of the school year;
    2. In-service day – at least one day at District level;
    3. Parent-Teacher Interviews – at least one day.
  3. An attempt will be made to incorporate an extended Christmas period (2 weeks) to begin no later than December 23.
  4. Spring Break will include up to five school days and will generally commence the last Monday in March or the Monday preceding Good Friday.
  5. Schools will not operate on statutory holidays or on Good Friday (if it falls outside Spring Break).
  6. In preparing the calendar, the Superintendent shall consult with locally elected officials of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees No. 2545, the Administration of Fort McMurray Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 32, and Fort McMurray Public School District Administrators.
  7. Principals shall be responsible for preparing individual school operational calendars which shall be submitted with the School Education Plan to the Superintendent for approval. Every attempt will be made to coordinate Parent-Teacher Interview days and In-service dates among schools.
  8. The minimum length of the school year for instructional purposes is as follows:
    Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP)     485 hours per year
    ECS Full-Day 960 hours per year
    ECS Half Day 485 hours per year
    Grades 1 – 9 960 hours per year
    Grades 10 – 12 1010 hours per year


February 6, 1995, February 2, 1993


March 23, 2010, April 9, 2001, November 25, 2013, September 21, 2016


Sections 21, 39, 56, 60, 61, 97, 113 School Act
Section 25 Employment Standards Code
Collective Agreements
Guide to Education ECS to Grade 12

Cross References:

Policy 8 Board Committees

AP 130 Appendix Staff Training and Development Opportunities

AP 430 Role of the Principal