Third draft of Hamilton County Schools' 2018 academic calendar wins approval

Third draft of Hamilton County Schools' 2018 academic calendar wins approval

February 16th, 2018 by Rosana Hughes in Local Regional News

The Hamilton County Department of Education building is shown in this file photo.

Hamilton County students and their families finally have a game plan for the 2018-19 school year after the school board voted 8-1 Thursday night to approve a third draft of the academic calendar for that year.

The calendar includes a full week for fall break in October, three days for Thanksgiving break, 10 days for winter break, Presidents Day and a full week for spring break.

Calendar breakdown

› Administration in-service days: 6

› Full student days: 176

› Stockpile days: 4

› Paid holidays: 5

› Winter break days: 10

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School will begin for students on Aug. 8 and end on May 23. It also includes four stockpile days in case of closings.

School board member Rhonda Thurman was the only no vote. Last week, she criticized calendar drafts, calling them a "nightmare."

On Thursday, she echoed the same concerns she had before about too many break interruptions.

"I'm not a fan of the fall break," she said. "We're just getting into school and then take a whole week off. I would much rather start a week later in August."

School board Chairman Steve Highlander said he agreed with Thurman, but he had several parents contact him after already making vacation reservations for fall break.

The board agreed to approve the 2018 calendar to let parents go ahead and start planning their vacations. For the 2019 calendar, however, there has been a proposal to reduce fall break to three days and start school one day earlier and have a full week for Thanksgiving.

Planners hope to get more community feedback for the 2019-20 school year calendar before it is brought up for a vote.

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