The Walton County Board of Education has laid out the early draft of the 2020-21 school calendar and it looks awfully familiar.
At this point, the Walton County School District has nailed its pattern for annual calendar needs based on parent feedback each year and the next calendar will not deviate from that direction.
“Parents don’t want to start in July, they don’t want to start on a Monday, they want to be out before Memorial Day and they want a full week of Fall Break,” Nathan Franklin, superintendent of the WCSD, said. “If we cut fall break, you’d probably have to hire a new superintendent the next year. We get more calls about that part of the calendar than any other.”
Based on the preliminary draft of the new calendar, school will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and end on Wednesday, May 26, with the final two days of that last week possibly used for graduation ceremonies.
“This will give us a lot more flexibility in when to have them,” Franklin said.
Fall Break will last Oct. 12-16, with another full week for Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 23-27, and two weeks of Christmas break Dec. 21-Jan. 1. Winter break will be two days, split on a Friday and Monday, Feb. 12 and 15, and Spring break will last from April 5-9, with an extra day of holiday the Friday before, April 2, which will be the usual Good Friday student holiday before Easter.
The calendar will also include two teacher conference days on Oct. 2 and March 19.
The board will continue to revise the calendar before approving the final draft.