Friday, July 20, 2012

Board of Education approves 2012-13 calendar

The CHCCS Board of Education approved an updated calendar for the 2012-13 school year at its July 19 meeting.

The calendar that appeared on the Board's agenda had one revision suggested by Todd LoFrese, assistant superintendent for support services, to change the Optional Teacher Workday on June 10, 2013 with the Mandatory Workday on November 21, 2012.  This change was suggested by one of the district's teacher organizations and would give teachers the opportunity for time to finish end-of-year reports, etc. 

The first day of school for Grades 1-12 is on Monday, August 27 and the last day of school, with a two-hour early dismissal is on Friday, June 7, 2013.  Other notable dates are: Winter Break, December 24-January 1; Spring Break, April 1-5; and High School Graduation, June 8.  To see the complete calendar, click here.

In June 2011, the General Assemby ratified a state budget that included a provision that increased the instructional days for both 2011-12 and 2012-13 from 180 to 185 school days and 1,ooo hours to 1,025 hours. The new law did not change the start date or end date of school and did not give school districts additional flexibility with the calendar.

The Board approved a 2012-13 calendar with 185 days. After receiving notification that CHCCS's applied waiver of the additional five days had been approved, a revised draft calendar was shared with stakeholders. The General Assembly then introduced several new bills in the spring, so the calendar approval was put on hold. The General Assembly has approved new legislation that will take effect in the 2013-14 school year.

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