Proposed school year calendar 2018-2019 (pending Ministry approval)
The OCSB has submitted proposed school calendar dates for the 2018-2019 school year to the Ministry of Education. These dates are not to be considered final until the Ministry approves the proposed calendar sometime in May 2018. Confirmation of these dates will be posted to this website once approved.
Summary of proposed key dates
|September 4, 2018||First day of school|
|October 5, 2018||PD Day (all schools)|
|October 8, 2018||Thanksgiving (no school)|
|November 16, 2018||PD Day (all grades)|
|December 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019||Christmas Break|
|January 23-29, 2019||First semester exams|
|January 25, 2019||PD Day (JK-6 only)|
|January 30, 2019||PD Day (7-12 only)|
|February 15, 2019||PD Day (JK-6 only)|
|February 18, 2019||Family Day (no school)|
|March 11 to 15, 2019||March Break|
|April 19, 2019||Good Friday (no school)|
|April 22, 2019||Easter Monday (no school)|
|May 17, 2019||PD Day (all grades)|
|May 20, 2019||Victoria Day (no school)|
|June 7, 2019||PD Day (all grades)|
|June 19-25, 2019||Second semester exams|
|June 26, 2019||Last day of school for 7-12|
|June 27, 2019||Last day of school for JK-6 and
PD Day for 7-12
|June 28, 2019||PD 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.