The 2017-2018 school calendar adopted Tuesday night will give students another long winter break and a pre-Labor Day start.
The School Board voted unanimously to green light Option D, taking into account feedback they received from students, parents and school employees who weighed in via an online survey.
Teachers will report to school Wednesday, Aug. 16, and the first day of classes is Thursday, Aug. 24. The last day of classes will be Wednesday, June 13. The adopted calendar includes two countywide staff development days that are student holidays, Monday, Oct. 23, and Monday, April 2. It also includes an 11-day winter break and a spring break March 26-30.
School Board member Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge) said she supports having a couple of mid-year staff development days, as oppose to scheduling them all before the school year. She also spoke in favor of a longer winter break to give both students and teachers time to recharge.
“It allows families to have a little more time for winter holidays for travel,” she said. “When I taught, many of the students would visit family, sometimes outside of the country.”