Please submit any comments regarding the proposed calendars. First public comment hearing will be February 21 at Central Office Board Room at 5:30 PM. The second hearing will be March 7 at Central Office Board Room at 5:30 PM. Comments will be shared with the Board at each meeting. The committee had parents, teachers, administrators, and service personnel who met to review the West Virginia State Code and WVDE policy governing calendar development. Just a reminder that the committee attempts to take into account as many perspectives as possible; however, there will never be 100% consensus on one calendar.
Considerations for the calendars were as follows:
1. High schools have dual credit college courses which need to coincide with Marshall and Mountwest Community College. Parents are receiving the benefits of students receiving college credit at a much reduced cost through dual credit and allows the students to start college with several credit hours. Advanced Placement exams are nationally tested the first two weeks of May each year. Moving calendar start date later would reduce instructional days for students to prepare for the exams. Students can gain college credit at no cost to parents by passing the exams with a score of 3 or higher. High schools have mid-term exams and finals for all courses. Students prefer to have those exams before Christmas break so that there is a fresh start with a new semester following the Christmas break.
2. Elementary teachers and parents asked that the calendar only have two days for the first week of school to ease the students into the new school year.
3. Overwhelmingly, the comments from last year were to have a full week at Thanksgiving for both students and staff along with a spring break.
4. If last day for students is May 23 then the summer break is 69 days which is same as previous years.
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