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The Weld Re-8 Board of Education approved calendars for the next two school years during its April 22 meeting. School starts the third week in August each year. There’s a week off for Thanksgiving …
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The Weld Re-8 Board of Education approved calendars for the next two school years during its April 22 meeting.
School starts the third week in August each year. There’s a week off for Thanksgiving and two weeks off for Christmas. Superintendent Alan Kaylor told the board that the Colorado Department of Education approved the calendars and that they met the state requirements for the number of hours for student attendance.
The vote was 4-1. Cody LeBlanc cast the “no” vote, and board member Kehle Griego was absent.
In drafting the calendars, board member Michelle Bettger said one of the top topics for discussion was the number of professional development days. The approved calendar contains five.
“They were adamant about having the Friday off after parent-teacher conferences,” she said. “We were able to do that. I think parents will be happy with the week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks off at Christmas and time off for spring break.”
LeBlanc wanted a holiday for either Good Friday or the day after Easter Sunday.
“We went away from that because of construction,” Kaylor said. “The staff? They wanted to keep the professional development days,” Bettger said. “If we did the holiday around Easter, we’d have to lose a PD. They were strong about the PD days.”
LeBlanc acknowledged the importance of those days.
“I’d rather honor the religious holidays,” he said. “They are more important than having professional development days.”
Three snow days are part of the calendar. Kaylor said those days do not count against the number of hours of instructional time.
“They won’t count against us as long as the majority of districts were out,” Kaylor said. “Those are hold-harmless days. When we get to that point, we can extend the school day by five minutes, You’d be surprised how quickly five minutes add up when you’re trying to bring time back into the calendar.”
The calendars begin with the 2021-2022 school year.
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