On Tuesday, June 2, the Wake County Board of Education will discuss a proposal for all single-track schools to convert to the traditional calendar for the 2020-21 school year. If this change were made, it would apply only to the 2020-2021 school year. Currently traditional calendar students are proposed to start school on Aug. 17, 2020 and end on June 10, 2021. View proposed traditional calendar.
Why is this being proposed?
A new state law approved in April does not allow our school system to use the single-track year-round calendar.
Why are single-track calendars treated differently than multi-track calendar schools?
We are proposing to start multi-track year-round schools in August rather than July because it is likely that restrictions to protect public health will still be in place in July. There are not enough days in this compressed calendar to allow us to comply with the nine weeks on, three weeks off required by state law.
The new state law specifically states that single-track schools must have nine weeks in school followed by three weeks out of school. That same rule of nine weeks on and three weeks off is not required of multi-track year-round schools.
What are the next steps?
The board will discuss this proposal, along with other proposed school calendars, during their virtual work session on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 2. Final approval of any changes to the single-track calendar would occur at the school board’s June 16 meeting.
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