CMS polling parents, students on next year's school calendar

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is polling parents, students and community members for input on the 2013-2014 CMS school calendar. The poll closes Monday, March 26 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to view the calendar options and poll.

A committee of CMS teachers, principals, administrators, parents and community members designed two 2013-2014 school calendars with various options for teacher workdays, annual leave days and holidays throughout the 215-day school year. Both calendars meet the requirements of North Carolina law, North Carolina Board of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education policies. Among those requirements:

  • The calendar must cover 215 total days, divided among instructional days, teacher workdays, annual leave days and holidays.
  • There must be 185 instructional school days, starting no earlier than Aug. 25 and ending no later than June 10.
  • The calendar must include 9 teacher workdays.
  • There are 11 holidays, one of which must be Veterans Day.
  • There must be 10 annual leave days.

The major differences between the two calendars include days in which teacher workdays are offered, placement of spring break and the dates of make-up days.

After the polling period concludes, CMS Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh will review the results, evaluate comments submitted by staff, parents and community residents, and could make changes to either calendar. He will recommend one calendar to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. The Board is scheduled to vote on the 2013-2014 calendar at its April 24 meeting.

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