Board Amends 2021-22 School Year Calendar


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Board Amends 2021-22 School Year Calendar

At the December board of education meeting, the Board voted to amend the 2021-2022 school year calendar as follows:

  • Dec. 22, 2021 is currently scheduled as a half day of school for students, and will now be an early dismissal day for all staff. 
  • Jan. 25 and April 1, 2022 are currently scheduled as half days for students so teachers may complete grading for the end of the semester. All teachers will now have the option to work virtually after students are dismissed. 
  • March 4, April 13, and May 27, 2022 have been changed to half days for students, with April 13 and May 27, 2022, early dismissal for all staff. 

In making this recommendation to the Board, Interim Superintendent Derek L. Simmons explained that all employee groups have been negatively impacted since the pandemic began, with a third school year resulting in a toll on physical and mental health. He and the Board discussed that this was a national issue faced by education professionals and most school systems were trying to make adjustments to address it. He added that during the past month, his team had been looking at ways to balance the needs of the staff with the needs of students and the community, and felt additional time was warranted. 

Dr. Simmons said, “There are no calendar changes for students until March (three full days to three half days). This was intentional in order to give families time to plan, as we recognize the challenge this presents to parents.”

The Board also discussed the need to keep the well-being of staff at the forefront as it directly correlates to students’ education. Dr. Simmons said that his team will continue efforts to work with staff to support the needs of all employees. He stated that they are ensuring proper avenues of communication are in place and operating as needed between and with all employee groups in order to provide support and address issues as they arise.