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Week off for Thanksgiving, President’s Day proposed for schools

In addition to spring and fall breaks, next year’s school calendar also could include an entire week off for both President’s Day and Thanksgiving.

The schedule – already recommended by high school teachers and up for Nevada Joint Union High School board consideration in April -incorporates five furlough days.

Copies have been sent to other districts in western Nevada County, which usually follow the high school district’s lead on scheduling.

Among other changes: Veteran’s Day becomes a four-day weekend, school starts a day earlier than usual and the first semester doesn’t end until mid-January, so finals happen after Christmas break.

The days before Thanksgiving historically have low student attendance, making it an attractive spot for the furlough days. Veteran’s Day, observed on a Thursday, was also a natural break, said NJUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson.

In February, students typically take two holidays in two separate weeks for presidential birthdays. The new calendar consolidates those into one week and adds three days off.

School might start a day earlier to compensate – two staff development days usually are scheduled during the first week of school. Since one of the days was replaced with a furlough day, the plan calls for school to start on Tuesday, August 17.

Furlough days are in teacher contracts for the next two school years.

No more fall break?

Nevada County’s fall break, which is unusual among California schools, may get a second look in the future, Swenson said.

If schools nix the October vacation, students may start class a week later or end a week earlier.

The break started years ago when area schools started moving toward a year-round calendar, but stopped part-way through the shift – leaving the October holiday intact.

Local families have taken advantage of the vacation for late-season camping, fishing and hunting, and tranquil visits to destinations that usually are crowded during the summer.

Though fall break is staying put for now, the district will be seeking public comment in coming months about changing the long-standing fixture of Nevada County’s school calendars.

To download the tentative calendar, visit TheUnion.com and click on this story.

Discussion on the calendar is set for the school board meeting starting Wednesday, April 21. The time and location will be released at a later date.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.

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