Time to Weigh in on Next Year’s School Calendar

Hey kids, want a two-week winter break next year? How about an extra day off in October? Loudoun school leaders want to know.

The county’s school system has posted a survey asking students, parents and staff members which calendar for the 2017-2018 academic year they prefer. The Loudoun County School Board will take the survey results into consideration ahead of adopting a calendar Dec. 13.

[See the four proposed calendars here. Take the survey here.]

All four calendar options include opening before Labor Day. The school system qualifies for a state waiver from the so-called Kings Dominion Law, which requires public schools to postpone the start of school until after the holiday.

There are two potential starting dates on the table, Thursday, Aug. 24, and Monday, Aug. 28, and two options for the last day of school under consideration, Friday, June 8, and Wednesday, June 13. There are also variations in the length of winter break and the scheduling of staff professional development days.

Debbie Rose (Algonkian) said she has received as many as 3,000 emails from families requesting a specific calendar.

Superintendent Eric Williams said the online survey should help track that input and encouraged everyone to log on and take it.


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