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Pasco school district proposes monthly early release days for 2019-20

The days are worked into a student calendar that begins classes on Aug. 12.

Start making plans, Pasco parents.

The school district’s proposed calendar has students getting out of school two hours early on the second Wednesday with classes each month, September through April, to give teachers more time to plan and receive added training within their work days.

School Board members gave the administration the thumbs up to advance this idea back in February. It’s on their April 2 agenda for a formal vote.

Vice chairwoman Colleen Beaudoin, who is an educator and has a child in the district, said she recognized the inconvenience such a change might cause for parents, especially initially. Families in other district with early release days, such as Hillsborough County, complained more when the schedule started than after it had been in place for a while.

Beaudoin said she believed parents support teachers, who deserve to get their work done during the day and not have to spend their personal time attending sessions.

“This is going to give them some of their time back,” she said. “I’d like to do something for them.”

The early release dates on the proposed calendar are Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 15, Feb. 12, March 11 and April 8.

Other notable dates include:

Aug. 12: First day of classes

Sept. 2: Labor Day holiday

Oct. 14: Teacher planning day, no classes

Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving holiday (Note: Nov. 25-26 are set as hurricane makeup days)

Dec. 23 - Jan. 6, 2020: Winter break

Feb. 17: President’s Day holiday

March 16-23: Spring break

April 10: No school

May 25: Memorial Day holiday

May 27: Students’ last day

May 28: Final exam makeup day

June 3-7: High school graduations

The board meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. April 2 at the district’s Land O’Lakes headquarters.