On Monday, Nov. 9, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced, "three additional non-instructional days [will be] added to the school calendar for the 2020-21 year so that schools can focus on collaborative planning as they shift and adapt to remote learning."
Two of the three non-instructional days were required to be implemented into school division schedules before the winter break. The Louis Riel School Division selected Monday, Nov. 30, and Monday, Dec. 7. On both days, staff was given time to plan for a potential move to Critical (Red) in schools and the two-week "remote" learning period in January.
After discussion with principals and vice-principals from across the division, the third non-instructional day will occur on Monday, May 31. This day was chosen to provide an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned while navigating the pandemic and prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, whatever that may bring.
"We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience," John Dewey.
Other non-instructional days (no classes) for students are as follows:
- Monday, Feb. 15 (Louis Riel Day)
- Friday, March 19
- Spring Break: Saturday, Mar. 27-Sunday, Apr. 4
- Friday, April 16
- Friday, May 7
- Monday, May 31
Christian Michalik, Superintendent