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March 24, 2015
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Two upcoming professional learning days will now be instructional days

Education and Early Childhood Development

Due to the number of school days impacted by winter storms, we will be changing two upcoming professional learning days into instructional time for Island students, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“Government is committed to supporting student achievement, and instructional time is essential to ensuring our students are learning what they need to learn before the end of the school year,” said Minister McIsaac. “I understand this change may be inconvenient, however we are working to ensure that students are receiving high quality instructional time throughout the school year.”

For students of both the English Language School Board and la Commission scolaire de langue française, there will be regular classes on April 17 and April 24, rather than the previously scheduled parent-teacher interviews and professional learning days.

“While it is disappointing that we have lost so many school days this year, we will continue to work with our partners to develop a school calendar that balances instructional time with the importance of high quality embedded professional learning,” added Minister McIsaac.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is currently in discussion with the PEI Teachers’ Federation on the professional learning day scheduled for May 1. There will be an announcement at a later date as to whether that professional learning day will continue as scheduled.

Media Contact: Katie MacDonald
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