Both a school trustee and the superintendent of School District 73 say changing the school year is worth looking at now the B.C. Liberal government has introduced new legislation.
The law would allow districts to schedule school year-round, with regular breaks for the 2013/14 school year rather than the traditional calendar with a two-month summer break.
"From my point of view I'd like to see it looked at again," said trustee John Harwood.
The idea of year-round schooling has surfaced several times in B.C. but has never been taken up by the public or school boards.
Harwood said he's concerned parents take children on lengthy breaks during spring or in winter, breaks that remove them from classrooms for too long. Three month-long breaks during the year would prevent that.
Abbott said the ministry will set out a minimum number of instructional days.
District superintendent Terry Sullivan said the district will study the idea, based on interest from trustees and the public.
"With all the secondary students taking online courses, it's time to have a look at it."
But Sullivan acknowledged change to a school calendar stretching back 50 years or more won't come easily and many parents will reject the idea.
Legislation also allows students from Kindergarten to Grade 9 to take a mix of online and traditional courses. Sullivan said those options are already available here, noting students at Sun Peaks enrolled in the district's online program.