The recent snow days have forced many capital area public schools to add more classroom time this year even as they are planning their calendars for next year.
The latest to do this is the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. The board approved its 2018-19 school calendar on Thursday. The Livingston Parish School Board introduced its calendar for next year on Thursday as well and is planning to vote on it at when it meets again March 8.
East Baton Rouge Parish’s calendar is having students return from summer break Aug. 9 and is setting their last day of school May 22, 2019. Teachers would return a little earlier, Aug. 3, and finish a day later, May 23, 2019. Children would get five days off for Thanksgiving and 13 days off for Christmas. By contrast, teachers would get five and 11 days for those breaks.
Livingston Parish’s calendar has students returning from summer break Aug. 8 and sets their last day as May 24, 2019. Teachers would return a little earlier, Aug. 6, and finish the same day. Children would get five days off for Thanksgiving and 13 days off for Christmas. By contrast, Livingston teachers would get five and 12 days for those breaks.
Livingston’s plan to make up for snow days this year involves holding full days, rather than previously scheduled half days Wednesday and then again on March 22. Livingston also is adding one more day, May 25, to the current school year for students, originally a teacher-only day.
East Baton Rouge Parish schools had three snow days, but had enough time in its calendar to avoid make-up days because they were able to reopen more quickly. The exception in East Baton Rouge are Northeast Elementary and High schools, which both stayed closed a fourth day. The two Northeast schools will make up their lost time by having a regular school day on March 16 rather then “parent-teacher conference day/professional development day” that had been planned.