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Early Start Calendar

Early start calendar coming in 2025-2026

The district will implement a new early start, early end calendar beginning in the 2025-2026 school year. The goal of the calendar is to address social and emotional concerns of students and staff by aligning the end of quarters with natural breaks. 

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Why begin the school year earlier in August?

The early start calendar is designed to improve achievement and address mental health concerns of students and staff by aligning the end of quarters with natural breaks and provide more time for staff development and teacher collaboration.

The idea is to start the school year a week earlier in August and end the year just before Memorial Day in May. Traditional breaks, like MEA, Winter Break and Spring Break, would fall at the end of each quarter - giving staff and students a natural break to recharge before starting new courses.

By beginning the year earlier, students would have additional days of instruction before spring testing. An early start calendar would also provide more days throughout the school year for professional development and staff collaboration.