Calgary Catholic School District cans late-start pilot project after parents give failing grade

The Calgary Catholic School District says it won’t be moving forward with a pilot project that would see students start late one day a week beginning in 2024, following negative feedback from the school community.

In an email sent to CCSD parents Monday, chief superintendent Bryan Szumlas thanked parents, teachers, and everyone who sent in their feedback.

“We have overwhelming heard from our parents/guardians and staff, and we are listening,” he said. “CCSD has a long history of asking questions and incorporating feedback into our decisions,

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“As such, CCSD will not proceed with the proposed late entry pilot project.”

The proposed pilot was announced just last week, and would have trialled students having a noon start on either Mondays or Wednesdays come the new year.

The CCSD board said at the time the pilot would allow students to sleep in and give teachers more time for professional development.

Many parents were immediately against the idea, saying they would have to find extra childcare and transportation to and from school.

Parents who are also teachers said they would be doubly-impacted.

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