The Wake County Board of Education on Tuesday discussed school calendars for the 2020-21 school year based on new legislation approved by lawmakers in late April. Watch the discussion.
We are proposing to start the year-round calendar school year in August because we believe it is likely there will still be public health restrictions in July. Here are the proposed start and end dates for all four tracks:
• Track 1 Start and End Dates: Aug. 3, 2020-June 3, 2021
• Track 2 Start and End Dates: Aug. 3, 2020-June 29, 2021
• Track 3 Start and End Dates: Aug. 3, 2020-June 29, 2021
• Track 4 Start and End Dates: Aug. 17, 2020-June 29, 2021
The state legislature passed a law that includes a number of mandates we must follow in developing school calendars:
• We must add 5 Remote Learning (RL) days to all calendars.
• We must meet a minimum of 1,025 instructional hours in a year that includes the 5 Remote Learning days.
• We must add 5 individually separate and distinct full in-person instructional days that we are referring as Session Law days.
These provisions have created some constraints. For example, we had hoped we could have planned for more than five remote learning days to help meet instruction hour requirements. But that is not allowed under state law. Therefore we are proposing to add 15 minutes to each school day to meet the state requirement. Our other alternatives were up to six full school days held on Saturdays or shortening holiday breaks. We felt adding 15 minutes to the school day would be the least disruptive of those options.
Full proposed calendar.
The board expects to approve 2020-21 calendars on June 2.
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