Modified Calendar Changes for 2020-2021 School Year

May. 22, 2020

Due to the ongoing health risk of COVID-19, the Calgary Board of Education has made the decision to move all modified calendar schools and programs to the traditional calendar next year. This means first scheduled day of classes for all students will be Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance, and we look forward to welcoming back our students as soon as it is safe to do so. More information about re-entry plans for the next school year will be provided later this summer.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through the details.


Frequently Asked Questions

What will be the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year?

The scheduled first day of classes is Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Why did the CBE decide to make the change to a traditional calendar?

At this time we don’t know what the next school year will look like. We are working with Alberta Education on a re-entry plan but we won’t have details until sometime this summer. For the safety of our students and staff and to align with public health guidelines related to COVID-19, the decision was made to move all schools and programs to a traditional calendar and start classes at the same time.

Will modified calendar schools still have an extended fall, winter and spring breaks?

No, we will follow the shorter spring and winter breaks of the traditional calendar. There will also be no fall break. System-wide non-instructional days remain the same across the entire system.

Where can I find the dates for the 2020-2021 traditional calendar?

Calendar information is posted on the CBE website. You can find next year’s calendar here: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/registration/calendars/Documents/2020-2021-Traditional-Calendar.pdf.

Will there be a change to school hours, start and end times?

The bell times for modified calendar schools will not change.

Will there be a change to yellow school bus transportation routes and schedules?

CBE Transportation will create yellow school bus routes based on registrations received by June 14, 2020. Routes and schedules will be available later this summer.

Why not start the school year on the modified calendar with online learning and the students could return to in-person classes in September?

At this time we do not know the re-entry plan for the next school year. Once we have determined how students will return to learning, all CBE students will follow the same calendar. We are not able to switch between different calendar schedules.

Will we be able to return to the modified calendar for the following school year (2021-2022)?

The CBE is focusing on planning for the next school year and no longer-term decisions are being made at this time.