What parents should know
The 172-day calendar starts the school year on Aug. 15 and ends the year on May 30.
Deputy Superintendent Damon Edwards said the upcoming calendar will reduce the number of early release days, having early release planned only for the day before the winter break on Dec. 19 and the last day of school on May 30. This is down from the 11 early release days in the 2023-24 academic calendar.
“We had to have half days because it was the only way we could create any time for our teachers,” Edwards said.
Rather than using early release days for instructional time, seven teacher work days are scheduled throughout the school year. Teachers will also begin the year early, having eight days of work prior to the first day of school.
Edwards said the academic calendar is created by a team of stakeholders, including staff, parents and other community members, to help bring a cohesive plan together.
Edwards said the process to plan the new calendar began in September, and the preferred calendar was voted on in December prior to bringing the calendar to the board of trustees for approval.