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Forsyth County schools begin second semester on Tuesday

FORSYTH COUNTY — With the start to 2016 will come a new semester in the Forsyth County school system. And, if history holds, a new round of traffic can be expected.

Congestion on area roads likely was light over the Christmas and New Year’s weekends, but the ease in navigation should be short-lived as school resumes Tuesday after a two-week layoff.

Educators and administrative staff will be on campuses on Monday for a professional development day, giving them time to settle into the second half of the school year before students reappear.

Moving into 2016, classes will continue through winter and into spring, with holidays on Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and on Feb. 12-16 for a student and staff holiday, with Feb. 16 being another professional development day for staff.

March marks the first month since August that students will not have a full day off, though March 11 is an early release day for parent-teacher conferences.

Save for spring break, which is set for April 4-8, students will be in class until the last day of school on May 27, a Friday.

Absent from the student calendar for the second year in a row are any inclement weather days.

Though the thought of it getting cold enough to snow seems far-fetched after the recent weather pattern, the Board of Education is continuing its practice of using school closures due to weather as online learning days.

In addition, the board voted this fall to approve the 2016-17 calendar without any inclement weather days.

Should school be closed, students and teachers are expected to continue lessons and assignments on itslearning, an online classroom portal that was put into widespread practice last school year.