Last updated: August 13. 2013 3:42PM - 836 Views
Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

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What was a longer than usual summer break for Yadkin County Schools is over.

Students start back to schools in Yadkin August 15, and already many are counting down days till Thanksgiving, Christmas and May 22, 2014 - the last day of the school year.

Faculty and staff are already hard at work. Their summer fun stopped August 7 with the first optional workday of the year.

This school year will see Yadkin schools staying longer and, strangely enough, finishing earlier. The longer school days and shorter school year are a result of the changes in legislative wording.

“In previous years the wording of the state law was that all public schools would go to school 185 days and 1,025 instructional hours,” said Stewart Hobbs, Yadkin County superintendent. “They changed the ‘and’ to an ‘or’ which allows us the option to send kids to school 185 days or 1,025 instructional hours.”

As a result Yadkin’s Board of Education elected to lengthen the school day by 20 minutes, shaving 12 days off the school year.

The decision drew debate from county parents, many of whom think the year was too short already. The board moved ahead with the changes and students will begin seeing the results their first day back.

Parents should begin taking note of some important dates for this year’s school calendar.

Labor Day is September 2 and the first day the kids will be out of school.

September 18 is a early release day at noon. Parent conferences for the high schools are the same day.

October 24 is a early release day at noon. The elementary and middle school parent conferences are that day as well.

November 11 is Veteran’s Day and a school holiday.

Students get November 27, 28 and 29 off for Thanksgiving.

Christmas break starts with an early release at noon on December 20. Students will not return until January 6, the first Monday of the new year.

Martin Luther King Day is January 20.

February 6 is an early release day at noon, and a parent conference day for the high school.

Valentine’s Day, February 14, is an optional workday for teachers.

March 12 is a required workday for teachers.

Schools will be out for one week for the Easter holiday - April 21-25.

October 16, December 20, March 11, and May 22 are the end of the four grading periods. School ends May 22 with a noon early release, in time for students to have Memorial Day, May 26, off in 2014.

To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.

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