All schools would start Aug. 5, end May 23 under proposal

Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 08:08 PM.

Craven County Schools plans to ask for a waiver from the General Assembly to adopt a new modified school calendar for the 2013-14 school year.

The new calendar, if approved, would be very similar to the school calendar currently in place for the early college high schools and would be almost a hybrid of the traditional calendar and the year-round calendar.

Under the proposed calendar, classes for students at all 25 Craven County public schools would begin on Aug. 5, 2013, and end on May 23, 2014. High school graduations would be held May 24, 2014.

Included in the proposed calendar would be a week-long fall break beginning Oct. 7, a two-week break at Christmas and a spring break during the week of April 14.

Craven County Schools currently has three separate school calendars, the traditional calendar mandated by state law in which classes are not permitted to begin until Aug. 25, the year-round calendar on which Havelock Elementary, Arthur W. Edwards Elementary and Tucker Creek Middle operate in which students get three-week breaks during the year but a shortened summer, and the early college high school calendar in which classes operate on more of a traditional college schedule.

"Having our system on three different calendars creates many challenges for our students, parents, staff and community members," according to a statement from Craven County Schools. "Families living on these three different calendars are faced with obstacles, while at the district level, trying to coordinate district-wide professional development for staff on a date that aligns with all three calendars is impossible."

One of the biggest impacts for the new calendar would be a shift in final exams and testing, especially in high schools, to before Christmas break. Currently, high school students take first-semester exams in the middle of January.

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