Loudouners, you may soon be hearing from your School Board representatives.
Over the next two weeks, they want to know what parents, students and teachers want in a school calendar. The board is scheduled to adopt a calendar for the 2018-2019 academic year at its Nov. 14 meeting.
Board members were presented with three initial options at their meeting Tuesday. One, dubbed Option B, was immediately taken off the table because it would move spring break ahead two weeks, so it would no longer align with other area school systems. “It would put us in conflict with a lot of other nearby counties and make it difficult for families who work in other counties,” Chairman Jeff Morse (Dulles) said.
The last two on the table are Option A and Option C. Both would start the school year on Thursday, Aug. 23; teachers would start eight days earlier on Aug. 15. Both calendars on the table would also have spring break April 15-19. The one difference between the two options is winter break: Option A would provide a shorter winter break, from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1, and Option C would add one more weekday to that break to stretch it from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1. To make up for that additional day off in January, the last day of the school year in Option C would be June 7. The last day in Option A would be June 6.
School Board members also asked staff members to come back to the next board meeting with a third option that avoids starting the school year on a Thursday.
Debbie Rose (Algonkian) and Beth Huck (At Large) said they received a slew of emails from families earlier this year who were upset about the Thursday start. “I had people angry with me–really angry–because it was an early start and a Thursday start,” Huck said.
Instead of gleaning feedback about the calendar options through a survey, School Board members said they will solicit input through their social media outlets since the difference between Option A and C is just the longer winter break.