Calendar Rationale

Instructional Calendar Explanation

The 2017-2018 Instructional Calendar has now been approved. Download: Phoenix Calendar 2017-2018 

Guidelines informing the creation of Phoenix instructional calendars

The guidelines used to inform the creation of instructional calendars are based on current legislation and community input. Phoenix creates and posts instructional calendars up to one year into the future. All calendars are tentative until final approval which usually occurs in late January preceding the start of the school year.

The current guidelines for all instructional calendars are as follows:

  • There will be a minimum of 198 instructional days
  • There will be a maximum of 214 operational days
  • All calendars include:
    • Fall break (1 week)
    • Winter break (2 weeks)
    • Mental Health break (1 week)
    • Spring break (1 week)
    • July break (2 weeks)
    • August break (2 weeks)

Operational Days (Non-instructional days)

A non-instructional day is a day when students are not in attendance. Staff are working and the day may be used for activities such as parent/teacher/student conferences, professional learning for staff, appeals or organizational work.

These days are standard for all schools throughout the system. The 2017-2018 calendars include 16 non-instructional days.

Instructional Days

An instructional day is a day when schools are open and students are receiving instruction. This includes exams.

Specific to the 2017-2018 Instructional Calendars

Remembrance Day

November 11 falls on a Saturday; therefore, there is no day off of school. In alignment with the Remembrance Day Act, Remembrance Day will be recognized on Nov. 10.