Happy Snow Day Everyone!

At this point we have missed 10 days of school (March 5, 6; February 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27; January 14, 27 – plus BES missed an 11th day on January 12).  Our division calendar only calls for 2 make-up days at this point – February 16 and March 23; however, we did not do a make-up day on February 16 since we had not yet reached the required number of missed days at that point to require school on that day.  As communicated previously, March 23 is now a school day and parent conferences will be held from 4:30-7pm on that day.

Fortunately, based on our calculations of the required 990 hours of instruction per year, we will not have to do any additional make-up days since we missed February 16 and we are able to forgive the extra missed day at BES.  At this point, our calendar does not call for any additional make-up days.  It is important to note that we will follow the board approved calendar, thus, if we miss any more days, we will begin assigning school during Spring Break (for instance, if we miss another day, April 10 will be an assigned day).  Let’s all hope the winter weather is behind us!

As a side note, we are also required to have 140 clock hours of instruction in GHS and GMS verified credit courses (classes at the high school level with an SOL).  Our calculations have each block right at 140 hours of instruction if we do not miss any more time.  In the past, we have done early releases for high school students on the last day of school, we may no longer be able to do early release on this day, but will let everyone know ASAP.  We will notify high school and middle school parents immediately if anything else changes, but at this time, we are not requiring any additional make-up time at GHS and GMS.  Again, based on this requirement, if we miss any more time, we will have to do the make-up days already listed in the calendar as mentioned above.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

GCPS staff & families,

This is a reminder that the student holiday originally scheduled for March 23rd will now be a regular instructional day, in accordance with the 2014-15 school calendar. Parent-teacher conferences will still be held on March 23rd at each school from 4:30 to 7:00PM. This is a great opportunity to dialog with your child’s teachers about his or her progress in school.

The draft 2015-16 school calendar is available for review. The school board will consider the calendar for adoption during its regularly scheduled meeting March 10th.

Highlights of the calendar:

  • 180 instructional days
  • First day for students is August 24, 2015
  • 3 full & 2 half professional days built in
  • full 2 weeks for winter break
  • Wednesday before Thanksgiving remains a holiday
  • Spring break a full week after Easter
  • 9 full make up snow days built in
  • School year ends June 3rd

As in past years, a committee of faculty and parent representatives from each school collaborated to develop this draft, incorporating the sentiments that have been expressed through personal interaction and survey responses. We are confident this calendar serves the GCPS students and community well, but we certainly want to hear from you.

You can contact your child’s principal or any member of the GCPS leadership, simply reply to this blog post, or contact your school board representatives directly.



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