The Carroll school board approved a 1997-1998 school calendar yesterday that includes a series of late starts and early dismissals to give teachers more time to talk with parents, participate in staff development and get planning and paperwork done.
The calendar also has five snow days built into it, and any unused days would be added to spring vacation.
The late starts and early dismissals address a long-standing problem for teachers, especially in elementary schools, who have asked for more time for their professional tasks.
"This doesn't solve the problem, but it goes a long way toward giving them the additional time," said Superintendent Brian Lockard.
The school year will begin Aug. 25 for students, and the last day of classes will be June 5. Graduations will begin that night, and continue through June 7.
All students will be dismissed two hours early Oct. 23 and March 26.
Those days would be used for parent conferences, staff development or other professional reasons.
Elementary school students will begin school two hours late on these days: Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Dec. 8, Jan. 7, March 11 and May 4.
Those late starts will give teachers time during the day for planning and paperwork.
Also, students will be off all day Nov. 10, Jan. 16 and March 27, so that teachers can participate in staff development, meet with parents or perform other duties.
Dorothy "Dottie" Mangle, director of elementary education, said teachers' planning time is used for other responsibilities, such as meeting with special education teachers and other teachers at their grade level.
Sometimes, schools need to get other staff or substitutes to cover for teachers to attend such meetings.
But most of the time, Mangle said, teachers meet after school.
Pub Date: 2/13/97