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Instructional Calendar

The 2017-18 instructional calendar was approved at the Jan. 9, 2017 School Board meeting and features a pre-Labor Day start to school and the addition of four half-days of inservice. Next year’s first day of school for students will be Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The last day of school, if all three built-in snow days are used, will be Monday, June 11, 2018.

The process to develop next year’s calendar occurred during Calendar Committee discussions held over the last several months. There are several factors that guide the decision-making process for the calendar, such as the number of instructional student days prior to high-stakes tests like Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), the Advanced Placement (AP), and the Keystone Exams; holidays; parent-teacher conferences; and when the school year concludes. In addition to considering these factors, the committee used survey data from the parents and staff to help guide decision-making. The committee includes administrators, teachers, and parents.

The biggest change for the new calendar is the addition of four half-days throughout the year on Oct. 24, 2017; Jan. 23, 2018; Feb. 13, 2018; and March 13, 2018. The purpose of these half-days is to allow for professional development to occur in the afternoons for faculty and staff.

Also of note on this year’s calendar:
  • Sept. 21 will be a day off in observation of Rosh Hashanah.
  • Monday, Oct. 9, will be an inservice day.
  • There will be a full week off for students the week of Thanksgiving, due to parent-teacher conferences.
  • Schools will be closed the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday surrounding Easter.
  • School will end Monday, June 11, if all three inclement weather days built into the calendar are used. The end date of the school year will move up if those days are not used. The last three days of the school year will be half-days.
  • No "make-up" days have been designated in the 2017-18 calendar. This means that if schools are closed for inclement weather beyond the three days already built into the calendar, the make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.
Questions regarding the instructional calendar may be directed to Dr. Barbara Russell, Assistant Superintendent.