After having to do a mid-year school calendar rewrite prompted by January’s snowy weather, Central public schools have unveiled a proposed calendar for the 2018-19 school year calendar.
Central is one of several Louisiana school districts forced to revisit their 2017-18 calendars even as they were preparing their calendars for the following school year.
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As far as the current year, Central announced earlier this month that it will convert three days when only teachers were working into regular school days for students: March 9, March 12 and May 24. That will extend the 2017-18 school year for students by one day. Previously it was to end on Wednesday, May 23. Teachers’ last day remains Friday, May 25.
The 2018-19 school year that Central is proposing was introduced Monday by the Central School Board. The board plans to vote on it at its next meeting, on Feb. 26.
“We’re going to post the calendar (online) for parents to consider,” said Superintendent Jason Fountain.
Fountain said it is one of two calendars developed by school administrators and principals and was overwhelmingly selected by teachers as their favorite of the two when they recently had a chance to vote.
The proposed calendar calls for students to return from summer break on Thursday, Aug. 9, and sets their last day as Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Teachers would return a little earlier, Monday, Aug. 6 and finish a little later, Friday, May 24, 2019. Children would get six days off for Thanksgiving and 12 days off for Christmas. By contrast, Central teachers would get five and 10 days for those breaks.
What days students and teachers would take off in April for Easter was complicated by the state’s schedule for standardized testing, Fountain said.
Third- and fourth-graders are set to take paper-based LEAP tests on Monday, April 29. That means if Central had done as it has in the past, taking off Good Friday and the week following Easter, third- fourth-graders would immediately start testing their first day back.
So instead, the proposed 2018-19 scheduled calls for students and teachers to take off the week before Easter and the Monday after. They would return on Tuesday, April 22. That would give third- and fourth-graders four days to prepare for their LEAP tests.
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