The 2009-10 school calendar year will consist of 215 contract days with 180 of those slated as actual instructional days. Ten holidays and 10 annual leave days have been built into the upcoming school year with 15 teacher workdays installed as well.
Students’ first reprieve from the classroom will come on Friday, Sept. 4 with an optional teacher workday followed by the celebration of Labor Day on the following Monday, rounding out the four-day weekend.
Veteran’s Day has been designated as the fourth student holiday and Nov. 25 will be an optional teacher work day followed by two holidays on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving break.
The Christmas holiday could begin as early as Dec.21 with two optional workdays and one annual leave day on Dec. 23. The duration of Christmas break will hinge upon the number of days students and staff will have to complete as the result of inclement weather. April 2 has been scheduled as the first early release day for students as it will kick-off the 2010 spring break. Students will not return to the classroom from the spring break until Monday April 12.
The upcoming school year is scheduled to conclude on May 19 with an early release day. This could change however if it becomes necessary for Ashe County Schools to add instructional days to the calendar as a result of inclement weather.
“We’ll just keep our fingers crossed,” Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Phyllis Yates said. “If we start missing excessive days we will have to do some revamping.
“But we always try to protect those days the best we can.” Yates also said that ACS is required by law to include 10 annual leave days within the school calendar. These days can not be taken away as a result of inclement weather, Yates explained. Four annual leave days are scheduled for the Christmas break.
To view the 2009-10 school year in its entirety, please visit www.ashe.k12.nc.us/calendar.html.