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Elementary School Year Calendar 2020 - 2021

The following chart lists school holidays, PA days and other key dates for the 2020 - 2021 TCDSB school calendar year.

 
Important Dates for 
2020 - 2021​​ ​​
Number of school day​​​ ​194
Number of Professional Activity (PA) Day ​7
First Three Days of the School Year (Staff Only) September 1, 2 and 3, 2020
Labour Day    September 7, 2020
First Day of Classes for Students (see below) September 14, 2020
Thanksgiving Day  October 12, 2020
Christmas Break December 21, 2020 - January 1, 2021
Start of Second Semester for Secondary Schools February 1, 2021
Family Day February 15, 2021
Mid-Winter Break      March 15-19, 2021
Good Friday April 2, 2021
Easter Monday April 5, 2021
Victoria Day May 24, 2021
Last Day of Classes for Elementary Students June 29, 2021
​​Last Day of School Year June 29, 2021

  

First Day of Classes for Students​​​​​​


In order to support student well-being and safety as they transition back to learning, the Toronto Catholic District School Board will be staggering the re-entry of students over a one week period at the start of the school year beginning on September 14, 2020. 
 
Elementary: A ¼ of each class would start each day with full attendance achieved on Thursday, September 17, 2020. 
 
Staff will ensure that siblings who attend the same school will be scheduled on the same days. At this time, we do not have dates selected for individual students as schools are currently in the process of establishing class placements. Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of their child’s re-entry schedule from the school as soon as placements have been finalized. 
 
Please refer to our frequently asked questions​ about return to school for more information. 
 

Prof​​essional Activity (PA) Days

 

Seven (7) PA Days for Elementary Schools:

  • September 1, 2020 | Provincial Education Priorities ​/ Faith Development
  • September 2, 2020 | ​Provincial Education Priorities  ​
  • September 3, 2020 | Provincial Education Priorities
  • November 20, 2020 | Parent-Teacher Conferences ​
  • January 15, 2021 | Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting 
  • ​February 12, 2021 | Parent-Teacher Conferences ​
  • June 4, 2021 | Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting 
      


School Year Calendar 2017-2018

 
The TCDSB school year calendar for 2017-2018 was approved by the Board at its’ regular meeting of March 30, 2017.
 
A detailed calendar for 2017-2018, outlining all Professional Activity (PA) days, statutory holidays, and dates of the Christmas and Mid-Winter Holidays is available at this link.  
 
Please review and kindly share this information with your school communities as soon as possible. You will find sample text for a letter to parents at this link. Please copy the letter on your school letterhead, date it and sign your name.
 
More details will be provided at a later time about the focus of each PA Day.  Please be sure to share plans for PA days with your staff, CSPC members and the broader school community well in advance of scheduled PA days. 
 
Ontario Regulation 304 “School Year Calendar, Professional Activity Days” under the Education Act, outlines the requirements for school boards in preparing and submitting school year calendars to the ministry.
 
Here is a summary of Reg 304, for your information:
·         school year calendar is the period between September 1 and June 30
·         must include a minimum of 194 school days, 
·         seven (7) of which must be PA days.
·         For 2017-2018, there are a possible 194 instructional days from September 5, 2017 to June 29, 2018.  The requirement of 194 instructional days are achieved by having the first school day on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 and the last school day on Friday, June 30, 2018.
·         A school year calendar must be prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Education, on or before May 1st of each school year.  This is in accordance with the Education Act and O. Regulation 304School Year Calendar, Professional Activity Days.
·         Please note that the first instructional day for students is Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
·         The seven (7) PA days for 2017-2018 are for the purposes identified on the Elementary and Secondary school year calendars.
·         The three (3) PA days devoted to provincial education priorities are distinct from the other four (4) PA days in that the criteria and topics to be covered during the three days are defined in Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) No. 151 and Mandatory PA days devoted to provincial education priorities document and are intended to support public confidence in the effective use of these three days.