Board of Education approves 2019-2020 academic calendar

The Polk County Board of Education gave approval Monday to the 2019-2020 school calendar during its regular monthly meeting at Stearns Education Building.

Students will open the 2019-2020 academic year on August 26, 2020 under the calendar, with the school year ending June 5. The complete calendar, which largely mirrors the 2018-19 calendar, can be viewed at http://calendar.polkschools.org.

North Carolina school districts are required to follow the state’s mandated school calendar law, which dictates specific start and end times and the number and type of days employees and students must attend. Board of Education members reiterated their support for returning control of the school calendar to local elected boards of education. This would afford more flexibility in scheduling semesters, breaks and makeup days.

he Polk County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution earlier this year in support of local calendar flexibility.

Superintendent Aaron Greene noted that several bills pertaining to calendar flexibility have been introduced in the current session of the North Carolina Legislature, and while at least one of those bills has received House approval, the Senate isn’t expected to follow suit.

Polk County Early College, which operates under separate guidelines, will have its 2019-2020 calendar approved at the board’s May meeting.