The board approved revisions to the 2013-2014 academic calendar, including:
-- Friday, March 14, originally scheduled as a teacher workday and student holiday, will now be a regular student attendance day.
-- March 17 through March 21, originally scheduled as early release and parent-teacher conference days, will now be regular full student attendance days. Officials at individual schools will provide students and parents additional information on how conferences will be accommodated, the school system announced in a press release on its web site.
-- CRCT testing originally scheduled for April 16 through 22 will now be rescheduled for April 22 through 24 and April 28 and 29.
“This will provide our teachers and students additional time to prepare for testing requirements,” the release stated.
The board voted for the changes following the Georgia Department of Education’s recent action to give local districts flexibility in determining if and how instructional time would be made up as a result of school closings due to recent inclement weather.
Paulding school officials “reviewed a range of options” before recommending the changes, including eliminating or shortening spring break, adding days onto the end of the academic calendar, extending the school day, and Saturday attendance.
“However, we understand that families plan around the previously-approved calendar when scheduling events during spring break, out-of-town guests for graduation ceremonies and the like,” the release stated.
An additional consideration was the fact that all Paulding County schools exceed the state requirements for instructional minutes on a daily basis, the release stated.
“In the final analysis, we believe these changes balance the need to maintain the time frame of the previously-approved calendar with our need to fulfill our primary responsibility of providing students with quality instructional time.”