2017-18 School Calendar Set—Pre Labor Day start, slightly shorter breaks, June 8 last day.
Informed by public preference for more class time before major tests and an earlier end to the school year, the newly adopted 2017-18 PWCS calendar will begin classes before Labor Day, but finish on June 8.
The selection follows the work of the Calendar Committee, which had proposed two options (Pre-Labor Day and a Post-Labor Day) recommending the Pre-Labor Day version. Residents then had the chance to review, express their preferences, and comment on the options through an online survey.
Results showed residents wanted the benefits that come from an early opening, but still preferred to start classes after the holiday—priorities that were irreconcilable. As a compromise, the School Board adopted a hybrid of the previously considered calendars, delivering the required number of school days, while reflecting most, but not all, community preferences.
- Classes begin before Labor Day;
- Winter and spring breaks are shortened by one day each (compared with the initial pre-Labor Day option) to allow the earlier end to the school year;
- Calendar includes 12 days worth of instructional hours beyond state requirements (based on the length of the PWCS school day) to absorb the need for weather-related closings or delays without changes**;
- Students get maximum instructional time prior to SOLs and other standardized testing;
- Classes end June 8.
**The calendar also includes three designated make-up days that would be used in the unlikely event that built-in allowances for weather issues prove inadequate.
The hybrid calendar was the suggestion of Brentsville District School Board Member Gil Trenum, who is currently on reserve military deployment in Africa.