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Download the 2017/18 calendar for all Yukon schools

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The school calendar is not the same for every Yukon school. For example, the first and last days of school may differ. Daily start and end times also vary. Check with your school for the daily schedule and the dates of non-instructional days, parent-teacher interviews, sport tournaments, exams, and special events that may affect school hours.


Key dates for Whitehorse schools 2018-19

Key dates for Whitehorse schools for the 2018-19 school calendar were released on December 19, 2017. 

  • The first day for students is Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
  • Christmas break is Friday, December 21, 2018, to Friday, January 4, 2019, inclusive.
  • March break is Monday, March 11, 2019, to Friday, March 22, 2019, inclusive. Note that Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22, 2019, is Easter weekend with no classes on Friday or Monday.
  • The last day for students is Friday, June 14, 2019.
  • The total number of school days is 180.

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2018-19 to 2021-22 school calendars

We will finalize rural school calendars with the School Councils, administrator and school communities in January and February 2018 for the next four school years. Further discussion with Whitehorse School Councils and school administration will determine key dates for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22.

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School calendar survey

The school calendars for the next four school years (2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22) are being developed with feedback from the recent school calendar survey.

Read the results of the school calendar survey on the Government of Yukon's Public Engagement website.


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Key dates for Whitehorse schools 2017-18

  • The first day for students was Monday, August 28 or Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
  • Christmas break is Thursday December 21, 2017, to Tuesday, January 2, 2018, inclusive.
  • March break is Monday, March 19, to Thursday, March 29, 2018, inclusive. Note that Friday, March 30, to Monday, April 2, 2018, is Easter weekend with no classes on Friday or Monday.
  • The last day for students is Friday, June 8, 2018. Exception: Individual Learning Centre ends Friday, June 15, 2018.
  • The total number of school days is 174.
  • Summer Academy for staff will be Wednesday, August 23, and Thursday, August 24, 2017.

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Rural schools

Rural schools follow different school calendars than schools in Whitehorse. The first and last days of the school year may differ from school to school. Some schools take a one-week, rather than a two-week, spring break. Check with the school for important dates.

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Other non-instructional days

Check with the school to find out days when schools close and other important dates.

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School holidays

All Yukon schools are closed on these days:

  • Monday, August 21, 2017, Discovery Day
  • Monday, September 4, 2017, Labour Day
  • Monday, October 9, 2017, Thanksgiving Day
  • Monday, November 13, 2017, Remembrance Day
  • Friday, February 23, 2018, Heritage Day
  • Friday, March 30, 2018, Good Friday
  • Monday, April 2, 2018, Easter Monday
  • Monday, May 21, 2018, Victoria Day

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High school exams

Contact your school to get the exam schedule.

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How the school calendar can support learning

Adjusting the school calendar can have an impact on learning. There are only limited benefits to making changes to the length of the school day or school year. Many other factors that impact learning must be considered as well.

Time spent at school and the structure of the school year are important. These factors impact student learning. For example, if there are only four days of school between spring break and Easter break, there may be more absences on those four days. To give students the best chance at success, the school calendar should

  • promote regular attendance
  • reduce absences
  • optimize learning for the greatest number of students

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Factors that affect learning

School factors

  • High-quality instruction
  • Time spent on learning tasks during the school day
  • Teacher characteristics/credentials/absenteeism
  • Positive teacher-student relationships
  • High quality school-based leadership
  • School climate, class size, and demographics of the student body
  • Access to quality learning opportunities and resources

Individual and environment factors:

  • Punctual, daily attendance at school
  • Parental involvement in the student’s learning
  • Family characteristics
  • Socio-economic level/poverty/neighbourhood characteristics
  • Hunger and access to nutritious, healthy food
  • Student characteristics, interest, and motivation
  • Peer achievement

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Length of school day and school year

When we adjust the school calendar, we look at the length of the school day and the school year. Both options have limited effect on learning.

Adding time to the school day or school year does not mean more effective use of instructional time. For example, adding a lot of time to the school day has limited impact on learning outcomes. It also depends on the age of students and whether new material is being introduced.

Adding a few minutes to the school day may also have only a small effect on learning. Adding more school days might result in more absences for students who do not attend school regularly.

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Research on school calendars

Whenever we make a decision that affects our learners, we do research. Many factors affect student learning, and the structure of the school calendar is just one of them. Read some current research on the school calendar and student learning:

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School Council Liaison

School Council Liaison
Phone: 867-667-8226
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 8226
Fax: 867-393-6339
Email: bob.walker@gov.yk.ca 

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