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Mecklenburg trustees get first look at 2021-22 calendar options / December 23, 2020
The Mecklenburg County School Board got its first look at the proposed calendar for the 2021-22 school year during Monday night’s meeting of the board.

Trustees were presented with two options, both of which call for students to begin school after the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 7, 2021. The two options call for students to attend school until June 17.

Holidays for both calendars include these dates: Election Day, Nov. 2, Thanksgiving break Nov. 24-26, Christmas break Dec. 20-Jan. 3, Martin Luther King’s Birthday Jan. 17, spring break April 18-22, and Memorial Day May 30.

One option sets teacher workdays on Aug. 19-31, Jan. 3, Feb. 1-2 and June 20-21.

The second option includes teacher work days Aug. 19-Sept. 2, Jan. 3, Feb. 3-4 and June 20-21. Students would learn virtually, and teachers would work from home on the Fridays before Christmas and spring break, Dec. 17 and April 15.

This is the option preferred by an overwhelming majority of teachers, according to Sherry Sheppard who presented the calendars to the board.

Both calendars anticipate having students back in the classroom full-time by the start of the 2021-22 school year. Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols said ultimately any decision on whether the school division will continue virtual learning for most students or reopen its school buildings will be determined by the virus.

He expects some parents will again choose for their children to continue with virtual learning for the coming school year. He would not speculate as to how many students would remain off campus during the coming year.

Trustees will be asked to choose from the two options at the next regular school board meeting on Jan. 19.

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