The calendar for the 2020-2021 school year is finalized, and we want to take this opportunity to explain some big changes. There is a new state law that mandates schools cannot start more than 14 days before Labor Day.
Our first day of school is Aug. 24.
With this later-than-usual start date, we still need to end first semester before Christmas Break for our middle school, junior high and high school students. In order to do this, we are adding 15 minutes to the start of each school day (new start times for each building are included on the calendar). Fridays we will continue to release one hour early.
Another change the state made is dropping the requirement that students need to attend school a specific number of days. Instead, the requirement is for students to attend 1,044 hours. Adding 15 minutes of instruction to the day allows us to add additional hours to accommodate snow days.
For the 2020-2021 school year, we will not have to make up snow days, provided we do not miss more than 20 days. This means the students’ last day of school will be May 19. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18 as well as Presidents’ Day on Feb. 15 will also be guaranteed days off of school for students.
We have also worked with area colleges and school districts to align our spring breaks.
We acknowledge these changes may take some time for your family to adjust. As we move forward, we will continue to work to best serve our families.