LAND O'LAKES — Pasco County schools could be closed a full week for Thanksgiving 2014, but the tradeoff would have students attending classes on Veterans Day — a holiday traditionally held dear in this community.
The district's 2014-15 calendar committee recommended the change, also proposing that Veterans Day lessons focus on the importance of soldiers who served. Some leaders have complained that a day off school does nothing to honor veterans.
Students and employees got the full Thanksgiving week off in 2012, but it was considered to be a one-time deal made possible by Veterans Day falling on the weekend. Since then, though, district officials have received requests to renew the full week holiday, which Hillsborough schools have had for several years.
Some School Board members have said they would consider changing the holiday schedule, but that they wanted to hear from the public before making any decision. The item is on their agenda for next Tuesday evening.
If the calendar is approved, teachers would return to work on Aug. 11, with students beginning classes on Aug. 18. The first semester would be 83 days, ending before winter break on Dec. 19, while the second semester would be 97 days.
The first two days of the Thanksgiving week would be reserved for hurricane makeup days, if needed. Winter break would begin Dec. 22, with teachers getting a planning day on Jan. 5, 2015, and students coming back the following day.
Spring break would be March 16-20, 2015, with a planning day on March 23, 2015. Students would return after spring break on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
Graduation dates are set for May 29-31, 2015. The last day of school for students would be June 3, 2015.