School Board approves 2019-2020 Calendar

School Board approves 2019-2020 Calendar
Posted on 12/17/2018
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The Kannapolis City Board of Education has approved the calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.

Under the new calendar, students will start in mid-August of 2019, and classes will be finished by the end of May in 2020. The first semester will be over before Christmas, and all first semester exams will be completed before Christmas in 2019. In addition, after getting feedback from parents, staff, students, and community members, the school board adjusted the time of Spring Break in next year’s school calendar. Spring Break will now begin with Good Friday in April of 2020 and will run the week after Easter. That will make it match the Spring Break times for Cabarrus County Schools and Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

 

The school board first reviewed the proposed 2019-2020 calendar at its November meeting. Before adopting the calendar, the board asked for feedback from parents, students, staff, and community members. Survey results showed that 89% of the people who responded to the survey approved of the calendar. The main change that they requested was the timing of Spring Break. Based on that feedback, school board members adjusted the week of Spring Break so that it begins on Good Friday and runs the week after Easter. That will match the Spring Break times of Cabarrus County Schools and Rowan-Salisbury Schools. The new calendar for 2019-2020 also more closely matches the Rowan Cabarrus Community College calendar and will allow A.L. Brown students to earn college credit more easily while they are still in high school. 

 

Here are highlights of the 2019-2020 calendar:

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The first day of school for all KCS students will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • The first semester will end Friday, December 20, 2019, and all first semester assessments and exams will be completed before Christmas.
  • Students will have a three-day break over Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving holiday is November 27th, 28th, and 29th of 2019.
  • Christmas/Winter break will extend a full two weeks from Monday, December 23, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020. The last of day of classes before winter break is Friday, December 20th and the first day of classes after winter break is Monday, January 6, 2020.
  • Spring Break will begin on Good Friday (April 10, 2020) and run through Friday, April 17th.
  • The last day of school for students will be Friday, May 29, 2020. A.L. Brown High School’s graduation will be Saturday, May 30, 2020.
  • The 2019-2020 calendar includes four Early Release Days: August 30, September 20, October 16, and February 14. All KCS schools will dismiss three hours early on those days to allow time for KCS staff to have professional development in the afternoon.
  • KCS will run Reading Camps and other summer sessions during the months of June and July. However, those sessions will be by invitation only and will not be for all KCS students.

 

To view and download a copy of the 2019-2020 student calendar, please click here.

There are many advantages to having a calendar where classes start and end earlier than in previous years:

ADVANTAGES:

  • Ending the first semester in December allows for a clean break before the Christmas/New Year holidays. The two-week winter break provides a natural time in the calendar to end first semester classes.
  • From an academic and instructional standpoint, having exams before Christmas is extremely beneficial. Under the current school calendar, it is not ideal to come back after winter break and have only a few days of classes in January before starting exams. Having a natural and uninterrupted flow between instruction and exams is better for student success.
  • Having first semester exams in December helps avoid the interruption of winter weather. In past years, first semester exams often have been interrupted by 2-hour delays or school being cancelled in January due to winter weather. Despite this year's unusual December storm, it is much more uncommon for bad weather to impact the school schedule in December, which means exams likely could proceed without being impacted by winter weather.
  • The calendar for the 2019-2020 school year will give students a full two-week break over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Classes will not resume until Monday, January 6th.
  • The calendar will align with the Rowan Cabarrus Community College calendar. This is important because many KCS students take courses at RCCC while they are still in high school, and they earn free college credit. Having a calendar that matches with the RCCC calendar makes taking the college courses much easier for KCS students.
  • Under the 2019-2020 calendar, the last day of classes will come before the end of May and will allow students and families to get an early start on their summer break. 
  • Even with the earlier start in August and the earlier end of classes in May, the 2019-2020 KCS calendar has many holiday and teacher work day breaks that are similar to the ones in Cabarrus County Schools and Rowan-Salisbury Schools. This will make it easier for families who have children attending one school district but where parents work in a neighboring district.
  • The new calendar will match up better with the NC High School athletics calendars and the schedules for other extra-curricular activities such as band.
  • The calendar also aligns better with the Advanced Placement schedule that is set at the national level. Following the proposed 2019-2020 calendar would give KCS students more class time before taking AP exams, which would help them as they seek to earn Advanced Placement college credit.


DISADVANTAGES:

While there are a couple of downsides to the new calendar, they would be in effect only for the first year of implementing the earlier-start calendar.  
  • In 2019, students would have a slightly shorter summer (8½ weeks instead of 10 weeks). However, if the same earlier-start calendar is continued in following years, the summers would return to being 10 weeks in length. They would simply start and end a little earlier than they have in past years.
  • For students and staff that have summer jobs, the summer of 2019 would be shortened by one-and-a-half weeks. However, in later years, summers would return to being their standard length.


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