Updated March Break 2015 Dates

Usually we only see the benefits to being an independent school with no affiliations to a school board or organization but there is the occasional time when being an outsider does not pay.

Today, we are sending home a notice to each family with a change to next year’s (2015) March Break dates. The reason for the change is due to two factors; the Ministry of Education’s March Break is six days later and the Grade 10 literacy test (OSSLT) is scheduled one day earlier than usual. The literacy test is written simultaneously province-wide and for 2015, it falls during the second week of our usual March Break. We are obligated to be open that day since a successful result on the test is one of the requirements for a high school diploma in Ontario.

The notice you are receiving today (link) includes a more detailed explanation of the change and a copy of the new calendar. As usual, we will share one March Break week with the various Boards of Education (March 16 to 20, 2015) but our additional week will be the one BEFORE that (March 9 to 13, 2015) instead of the one after.

When we first learned of the conflict, we checked to ensure that this same issue would not surface in 2016 but alas, the 2016 date for the literacy test has not been chosen. There is speculation that the literacy test may return to an April date but a few years back, the contents of the test were leaked and the test had to be re-designed and re-printed for a month later so the Ministry prefers the date earlier in the year. This probably prompted the move to have the test in late March but then last year, the test was affected in some areas by a “snow day”. Pretty unbelievable, isn’t it? There were cold and snowy days AFTER March Break last year…

Chris Starkey
Administrative Principal
Mentor College/TEAM School

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