The Reeds Spring school board recently approved changes to the 2019-2020 school year calendar. These changes came after months of discussions involving administrators and staff members.
Beginning in August, the district will no longer observe Late-Start Thursdays, meaning classes will start at the same time every day of the week.
Since we are adding an extra hour to each week, the district built in six additional Professional Development Days to the calendar. These days are only for staff, meaning students will attend six fewer days of school. When you add up the extra hour from each Thursday over the course of the school year, it is equivalent to six days, meaning there is no change in the amount of instruction time.
The district is doing this in order to provide better professional development opportunities for our staff, which in turn, should lead to better instruction for students.
Late-Start Thursdays began as a way for staff members to receive an extra hour of professional development each week. These sessions have been incredibly helpful, and now it’s time for our employees to explore areas that cannot be addressed one hour at a time.
The timing of this change is due in part to a new state law. Schools are no longer required to have students attend a specific number of days. Instead, the new law requires students to attend a certain number of hours. The changes to our calendar meet those requirements.
Again, this change begins with the 2019-2020 school year. The new calendar can be found here. Please contact the principal of your child’s building if you have any questions.