via Henley Matters –
Dear Members of our School Community:
Our School Board recently adopted the calendar for the 2016-17 school year. The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 23.
Perhaps the most significant change is the adding of five minutes at the end of the school day for all schools, with the exception of Yancey Elementary School. Yancey has an academic enrichment program after school. Other schools in the division may vary on how the five minutes is added to their day based upon previous changes they have made or due to bus schedule requirements.
Our addition of these five minutes will prevent the need to add any weather-related make-up days after June 9, 2017. You may be assured this date will not change as the end of the school year.
The calendar does designate Monday, February 20, and Friday, March 31, as potential make-up days, if needed. No other make-up days will be necessary, since the addition of five minutes to the school day will be the equivalent of two additional days of instructional time over the course of the year.
We are grateful for the input of many of you as we developed the calendar, especially your views that we not add make-up days that would impact spring break or extend the school year in June.
School start times will not change. As planning for next year is completed, each school will report their opening and closing times to their families, as they have done in the past. For a look at the 2016-17 calendar, please visit: