Key Points


  • Steering Committee develops four to six options
  • Full Committee representing all stakeholders refines drafts and selects two best calendars for each year
  • Information will be shared with teachers and administrators
  •  Poll for all employees to state their preference
  • Poll for community preference
  • Poll results provided to Superintendent
  • Recommendation to the School Board for approval

NC Law: General Statute Section § 115C-84.2 (2011 House Bill 200, effective July 1, 2011, rewrote a portion of the calendar law)

  • 215 days total
  • 185 instructional days
  • 9/10 teacher workdays
  • 10 annual leave days
  • 10/11 holidays
  • Start no sooner than August 25
  •  Close no later than June 10
  •  Veteran’s Day must be a holiday
  • At least 2 optional workdays for accumulated leave 

CMS Policy and Regulation (revised 1/6/12)

  • Consistent with N.C. law
  • Specifies use of teacher workdays
  • Addresses holidays, severe weather make-up days, Election Day, religious holidays and graduation requirements

Instructional Focus on the Calendar

  • Uninterrupted “chunks” of learning time
  • Minimize loss of instructional time
  • Testing issues and the calendar
  • Maximize use of teacher workdays
  • Avoiding days with high absenteeism 

Other Considerations

  • Aim to recognize major religious holidays representing diversity of community so as to minimize staff and student absenteeism (Another policy is in place to prohibit major tests or events on religious holidays when students are in school.)
  • Aim to place make-up days where they are likely to be needed. Use workdays and days after June 10 as last resort. Recognize cutting into spring break is painful.
  • Recognize need for winter break to be as long as possible
  • Consideration of federal holidays
  • Timing of spring break