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W-S/Forsyth Co. Schools may change student calendar
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board is considering changes to the traditional school calendar by making the summer shorter and holiday breaks longer.

Tuesday the school board will discuss the proposed “Unified Calendar”. Under the plan, school would start August 5 and end May 28, allowing first semester exams to be given before Christmas break. The calendar would extend spring break by two-weeks and fall break by one-week.

School officials said the current school calendar doesn’t start until late August and does not allow for exams before the holidays. Officials explained that often times days are wasted doing exam reviews after the winter break.

North Forsyth Principal Rodney Bass likes the proposal.

“Right now students are taking exams after Christmas,” Bass said. “You don’t have that continual flow, you stop and come back and have to pick back up.”

Some parents in favor of the traditional calendar worry the new calendar would make it tough for working parents to find child care over the longer non-traditional breaks.

Parents are being encouraged to take an online survey so the school board knows where parents stand on the issue.

The survey results will be used at a school board meeting Tuesday night and updated before a final vote on June 12.

The State Board of Education would have to approve the changes. If approved, the school the new calendar would go into effect at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

To participate in the survey, visit http://wsfcs.k12.nc.us/1314calendar

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