There's no indication yet that any of B.C.'s school districts plan to dramatically alter their school calendars, although they are now free to do so. (iStock)

B.C. school districts are now free to set their own teaching calendars, opening the possibility of year round schooling, or schools with staggered holidays instead of the standard model of having July and August off.

The provincial government has approved regulations that back up legislation passed earlier this year allowing school boards to deviate from the standard school calendar.

The education ministry will continue to set the minimum number of instructional hours, but school boards will be able to set the number and dates of school days, vacation periods and professional development days.

The new calendar options will take effect with the 2013-14 school year.