Parents who like the Forsyth County’s current school year calendar will be pleased to know the first proposal for the 2014-15 school year doesn’t look much different.
Associate Superintendent Joey Pirkle said that was by design, noting that it “has been popular among our parents and staff the past two years.”
“Many of the days and the schedules are driven by state testing,” Pirkle said. “The draft has the first day of school starting midweek, which allows students, staff and parents a weekend break before having a full first week, and it also has the school year ending prior to Memorial Day.”
The proposed changes include shifting spring break by about a week in April, increasing the number of professional development days from two to three and moving April’s inclement weather day to the beginning of the month.
The 2013-14 school year is 178 days long for students and 187 for staff members. However, the proposal for 2014-15 is to increase student days to 180 and staff days to 190.
“We have also reduced the number of early release days significantly over the years to now only two for professional development and three for parent conferences,” Pirkle said. “The one-week Thanksgiving break has also been popular among our parents, as well as the long winter break.
“We will present all input that we receive to the [school] board, and then they will decide if they would like to modify the draft.”
Parents can comment on the calendar at school system’s website, www.forsyth.k12.ga.us, through Nov. 1.