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Calendars approved for Sea to Sky schools

Collaboration days reduced to two early dismissals in Whistler

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The Sea to Sky School District has approved the calendars for each of its schools for the next two years.

The biggest change for schools in Whistler is the reduction of the number of collaboration days.

All three of Whistler's schools will now have two early dismissal days - an earlier draft of the calendars put to parents for consideration and comment had 10. Previously Whistler schools had four full-day collaborations days.

School superintendent Lisa McCullough said the changes were a result of parent feedback.

"Parents are finding it hard to get the daycare," she said.

"There isn't a lot of daycare available for early dismissal like that, because it's infrequent, it's not regular and consistent, so they're struggling with the daycare part."

Early dismissal and collaboration days differ for schools throughout the district, which McCullough also said is a result of community feedback.

" (It's about) feedback from staff, feedback from parents, what the school is trying to accomplish," she said.

"Every school has a professional learning plan, and how they develop their plan is just different in each school. Each staff takes a different approach to their professional learning, they want to learn different things and in different ways, and so each school will ask for something different through the calendar."

Full calendars for all of Whistler's schools can be found on the district's website, www.sd48seatosky.org.

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