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School Board proposes 2010-11 calendar

The King George School Board is expected to approve a school calendar for next year, 2010-11, at an upcoming meeting.
At a meeting in late February, the School Board reviewed several draft versions and narrowed it down to one proposal.
The five calendar proposals were presented by King George Education Association (KGEA) co-chairman Urzetta Lewis, assisted by central office administrator Jennifer Collins, who is Coordinator of Testing & Instructional Support.  
Lewis said Superintendent Candace Brown had asked the KGEA to take on the task of calendar development.

A committee was formed and surveys were sent out.  The calendar version that was most popular with teachers was presented along with the other proposals.
At the Feb. 22 meeting, School Board member Mike Rose asked if snow days could be built into the recommended calendar version.  
That way, if next winter happens to bring another round of ‘snowmageddon,’ certain school holidays could be designated as snow make-up days, as necessary.
Brown said that would be done, with a calendar presented for action at a future meeting.
This year, the division is adding 20 minutes to lengthen the school days starting on April 19 and ending on May 14 to provide the additional instructional time required by state law and Virginia Department of Education regulations.
The School Board is expected to review and approve a final version of a calendar for next school year at an upcoming meeting, possibly Monday, March 22.

CALENDAR DETAILS    
The school calendar version reviewed by the School Board last month included the details noted below.
~ AUGUST 2010 - Prior to the start of school, new teachers are scheduled to report on Monday, Aug. 23, with returning teachers to report on Thursday, Aug. 26.  Aug. 27, 29 and 30 are all designated as teacher workdays.
~ SEPTEMBER 2010 – Sept. 1-3 continue as teacher workdays.  Open houses at each of the schools are typically scheduled during this same week prior to the Labor Day weekend, but they have not as yet been announced by the school division.
The first day of school for all schools is Tuesday, Sept. 7, following Labor Day.   
~ OCTOBER 2010 –Oct. 11, Columbus Day, is a student holiday/teacher workday.  
~ NOVEMBER 2010 – Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 2, is a student holiday and a teacher workday. Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, is a holiday for students and staff.  The day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 24, is an early dismissal day.  Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Nov. 25 and 26, are holidays for students and staff.
~ DECEMBER 2010 - Winter holidays actually start with the weekend of Dec. 18-19, since school holidays begin on Monday, Dec. 20.  There is no school scheduled for the rest of December, which provides students and teachers with 16 days off, including weekends.
~ JANUARY 2011 - School resumes following winter holidays on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.  
Monday, Jan. 17, is a school holiday on Martin Luther King Day. Mid-year exams at the high school and middle school are scheduled for a half-day on Monday, Jan. 31, which is also a teacher workday at the middle and high schools.
~ FEBRUARY 2011 -   Mid-year exams at the high school and middle school are scheduled for a half-day on Tuesday, Feb. 1, which is also a teacher workday at the middle and high schools.  Wednesday, Feb. 2 and Thursday, Feb. 3 are student holidays and teacher workdays at all schools. The second semester for the high school begins on Friday, Feb. 4.  A student/staff holiday is provided on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 21.  
~ MARCH 2011 – Friday, March 11, provides early dismissal at the elementary schools, with teachers staying for an afternoon workday. Monday, March 21 is a division-wide student holiday/teacher workday.  
~ APRIL 2011 – All division schools will have early dismissal on Friday, April 22, with a full week off April 25-29 for students and staff following the Easter holiday. The school division shuts down during Spring holidays, which provide students and school employees with 9 ½ days off, including weekends.
~ MAY 2011 –Early dismissal for students takes place on Friday, May 13, at the elementary schools, with teachers staying for an afternoon workday. All schools have early dismissal on Friday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend for students/staff.  Monday, May 30, Memorial Day, is a student/staff holiday.
o    JUNE 2011 – High school graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 18. Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21 are exam days at the middle and high schools. Both those days have early dismissal for students and teacher workdays in the afternoon.  Tuesday, June 21 is the last day of school for students. A teacher workday is scheduled for all teachers on Wednesday June 22.

Phyllis Cook
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