British Columbia

B.C. opens way to year-round schooling

The B.C. government has opened the way for year-round schooling by eliminating the standard school calendar in a set of amendments to the School Act.

The B.C. government has introduced amendments to the School Act that will eliminate the standard school calendar, the government has announced.

The move allows school boards to more freely schedule classes, opening the way for the possibility of year-round schooling.

The Ministry of Education will continue to set a minimum number of instructional hours, starting in the 2013-2014 school year, a release Thursday said.

The amendments also extend the ability to take a mix of online and traditional school courses to students in kindergarten through Grade 9. Currently, only students in grades 10 to 12 have this option, the announcement said.

"These amendments to the School Act will provide school districts with additional tools to support personalized learning," said Education Minister George Abbott.