Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will poll parents, staff and community members for input on the 2014-15 school calendar. The poll will begin March 15 and close at 11:59 p.m. on March 22. Click here to view calendar options. Click here for the calendar poll.
In July 2012, the North Carolina General Assembly amended the statute that governs school calendars. The new law, which goes into effect next school year, gives districts more flexibility with start and end dates and also mandates 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction. The amended law also provides an opportunity to improve the school calendar by providing more teacher workdays for professional development, a longer winter break and improved severe weather make-up days.
After the polling period ends, Superintendent Heath Morrison will review the results and evaluate comments submitted by staff, parents and community members. He will then recommend a calendar option to the Board of Education. In April, the Board will select the 2014-15 calendar. (This poll does not apply to the continuous learning calendar with extended time at Project L.I.F.T. schools.)
A committee of CMS teachers, principals, administrators, parents and community members designed two 2014-15 school calendars with various options for teacher workdays, annual leave days and holidays throughout the 180-day school year. Both calendars meet the requirements of North Carolina law, and policies of the North Carolina Board of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education policies. Among those requirements:
· 215 days total
· 185 instructional days or 1,025 instructional hours
· 10 annual leave days
· 10 or 11 holidays
· May start school the Monday closest to Aug.26
· May close school the Friday closest to June 11
· Veterans Day must be a holiday