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Approved school year calendar 2018-2019

The OCSB has received approval from the Ministry of Education for the 2018-2019 school year calendar dates. Hard copy calendars will be distributed to students in September 2018.


Summary of key dates

September 4, 2018First day of school
October 5, 2018PD Day (all grades)
October 8, 2018Thanksgiving (no school)
November 16, 2018PD Day (all grades)
December 24, 2018
to January 4, 2019
Christmas Break
January 23-29, 2019First semester exams
January 25, 2019PD Day (JK-6 only)
January 30, 2019PD Day (7-12 only)
February 15, 2019PD Day (JK-6 only)
February 18, 2019Family Day (no school)
March 11 to 15, 2019March Break
April 19, 2019Good Friday (no school)
April 22, 2019Easter Monday (no school)
May 17, 2019PD Day (all grades)
May 20, 2019Victoria Day (no school)
June 7, 2019PD Day (all grades)
June 19-25, 2019Second semester exams
June 26, 2019Last day of school for 7-12
June 27, 2019Last day of school for JK-6 and
PD Day for 7-12
June 28, 2019PD Day (all grades)


How are school calendar dates determined?

The Ministry of Education stipulates that the school year calendar shall include a minimum of 194 school days, of which school boards are required to designate three mandatory Professional Activity (PA) days for provincial education priorities and may dedicate up to four additional PA days per school year, for a maximum total of seven PA days. The remaining school days shall be instructional days and a total of ten instructional days may be designated as examination days.

The development of the calendar was the result of deliberations by the Executive Committee, in consultation with the superintendent responsible for the school year calendar at our co-terminus board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) was kept apprised of our process. Input on the proposal was received from the school year calendar committee, comprised of representatives from the Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA), the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Catholic Principals’ Council–Ottawa, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Locals 2357 and 3689, the Ontario Public Service Employee Union, UNITE Here, and non-affiliated groups, as well as the Board’s Student Trustees.

Easter holiday dates change each year. While holiday dates like Christmas are fixed and easy to remember, Easter and its associated holidays can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25. The date of Easter changes because the full moon can fall on different days in different time zones. Once the date of that moon is known, Easter Day and the Easter holidays can be determined.