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With the cold winter weather returning, we are all looking forward to the warmer temperatures that summer brings. To help families firm up summer plans, the 2014-15 academic calendar has been approved by the Board of Trustees and is now available for your reference. The school year will start on Sept. 2, 2014 and will end on June 4, 2015.
This calendar is built around the thoughts and feedback from staff, community members and parents. District leadership and the Board of Trustees felt it important to craft and provide a school year based on the needs of our families. This is a true collaborative process with careful attention to the state law and the guidelines of our school district. Every few years, we review the calendar to determine if there are needed changes.
To help create a calendar that considers the needs and wishes of all groups, a team made up of teachers, principals, parents, and support staff carefully reviewed the results from surveys given in October and late December. From the over 7,000 responses, the committee used the results to design the calendar that was recommended and adopted by the board.
Based on the feedback:
o The school year will start later.
o Thanksgiving break will remain three days.
o Winter break will be between 8 to 10 days.
o Spring Break will be scheduled between major state testing dates.
o Most professional development days will happen outside of the student’s school year.
o Parent/teacher conferences will not be scheduled into the calendar. Instead it will be up to each school to plan the best time to hold conferences.
o Snow days will be added to the end of the year as needed.
These general guidelines will be followed when creating the calendars for the next four years.