Year-round schooling on the books

Year-round school could be on the horizon in B.C. after the government brought in legislation to scrap the standard school-year calendar.

Education Minister George Abbott says the move takes effect in the 2013-14 school year will give school districts more flexibility to schedule classes as they see fit.

That could lead to schools in some districts being open year round with scheduled breaks instead of the standard school year, which runs from September to June, with the summer off.

Abbott says his ministry will still set out a minimum number of teaching hours for students.

The legislation will also allow students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 to take a mix of on-line learning courses and traditional school courses, something that only students in Grades 10 to 12 have been able to do until now.

Abbott says personalized learning will put every student at the centre of their own education and make them more accountable for their success.

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