维州费郡公立学校明年秋季开学时间将提前一周

据最新维州费郡学校通知,明年费郡公立学校秋季将比往年提前一周,在劳动节之前开学。

费郡校董事会委派学区总管卡伦·加尔萨制定2017~2018学年的学年计划,并要求学年从劳动节前一周开始。由于这个原因,2017学年将于8月28日,周一开始上课。

开学日期的修改时为了让学校在放寒假之前有更多的教学时间,更好地让学生和教师能够不错过大学入学申请截止日期,同时提前次年6月学年的结束。

为了让学区家庭和职员适应这一调整,校董事会提前15个月做出了决定,在制定2017学年计划时将听取职员,家长和社区的意见。

编者评论:

维州学校一般都在9月劳动节过后开学。这个并非只是传统,而是受一条名为“King’s Dominion Law”的法律规定。30年前,该法律的制定是为了不让维州大型游乐园King’s Dominion在夏季结束前过早流失季节性员工,并保持稳定游客来源。

如果学校需要在劳动节之前开课,必须得到维州教育部的允许。获得允许的条件是满足以下几个条件之一:

  1. 学校平均每年有8天雪天
  2. 学校有特别教学任务必须在劳动节之前开学
  3. 学校依赖另一所学校的教学任务,而该所学校的开学早于劳动节
  4. 如果学校周边所有学区都在劳动节之前开学

维州费郡校董事会在近年来一直希望取消King’s Dominion Law。而这一法律的背后却有着强大旅游业的支撑。如果学校可以提前开学,那么,这将缩短学生暑假出游的时间,从而间接减少了维州的旅游业税收。

而受King’s Dominion 法律影响最大的则是高中生。那些即将准备AP和IB测试的高中学生,将因为学年结束晚,而没有充足的时间准备考试。而考试的时间是全国统一的。

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fairfax County School Board Directs Superintendent to Draft Pre-Labor Day Start Calendar for 2017-18 Year

The Fairfax County School Board has directed Superintendent Karen K. Garza to draft a calendar for the 2017-18 school year that begins the school year one week earlier prior to Labor Day.  Due to this action, the 2017-18 school year will begin on Monday, August 28, 2017.
This change is being made to provide more instructional time before winter break, enhanced flexibility to help students and school staff members meet college application deadlines, and to end the school year earlier in June.
In order to help families and employees adjust, the board is providing direction 15 months prior to the change going into effect.
Input from employee, parent, and community stakeholders will be considered when developing the final 2017-18 calendar for School Board consideration in late fall.
The 2016-17 school year calendar was approved by the School Board on December 3, 2015; the first day of the 2016-17 school year will be September 6.
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For more information, contact the Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.

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