The Boonville school district will change spring breaks and the timing of parent-teacher conferences over the next two years.
The Boonville School Board approved the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year at its meeting Wednesday evening, which included an earlier second-semester parent-teacher conference.
This year, parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for March 15, and in 2020, they’re scheduled for March 11. Boonville curriculum director Cynthia Dwyer said that didn’t leave a lot of time in the school year to address issues students may have, so conferences will be on Feb. 12 in 2021.
The spring break in March, which will be shorter than years prior. This year, the nine days of break starts with an early dismissal March 15, and runs until students return to classes March 25. Students also have a five-day weekend in April, starting with a teacher work day April 18, with students returning April 23, after Easter Monday.
Next school year, 2019-2020, students will have a five-day weekend, with an early dismissal March 11, and students returning to class March 17. They’ll have a six-day weekend in April, starting April 9, and returning to school April 15 after Easter Monday and a teacher work day the next day.
In the newly-approved calendar for the 2020-2021 school year, students will again have a five-day weekend in March. They’ll be off March 14, and will return to school March 16. Students also have a three-day weekend to start off March, with a teacher work day scheduled for March 1. The Easter break in April will be shorter than the previous two years, with students taking a four-day weekend from April 2, and returning to school April 6, after Easter Monday.
Dwyer said the district thought the shorter breaks were a better use of time than taking nine straight days off of school in March.
With the schedule changes, students will have fewer days off from school in March and April in the next two years:In 2019, students will have 8 weekdays off, including one teacher work day In 2020, students will have 7 weekdays off, including one teacher work day In 2021, students will have 6 weekdays off, including one teacher workday scheduled for Monday, March 1.
The vacation days weren’t moved, so students will go from 23 vacation days this year to 21 in the 2020-2021 school year.
School hours for the next two years will be about the same as the 1,076 hours scheduled for this school year, Dwyer said.