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Leon County Schools seeks input for upcoming calendars

Posted at 6:31 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 18:31:09-05

TALLAHASSEEE, Fla. (WTXL) — After two years of juggling schedules due to an unprecedented pandemic, Leon County Schools wants your input on what the school calendar will look like for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years.

LCS has published a survey with two proposed options. One would have a shorter Thanksgiving break with early release days in May and December. The other allows a full week off for Thanksgiving with early release days only in May.

Assistant Superintendent Michelle Gayle says those half-days can be beneficial for teacher planning.

"This allows students and teachers to have an exam schedule, and it also in the afternoon allows teachers a chance to grade student work and such like that to prepare for the end of the semester," said Gayle.

Many parents, like Casey Laurienzo, would rather combine the half-days in favor of longer breaks for holidays.

"For me, the option to have full days off connected to holidays makes better sense," said Laurienzo. "It's just more efficient than having a half-day where it's possible that a parent may be inconvenienced to have to go pick up their kid, take them somewhere else, or find alternate care during the day."

Both options would allow the school year to finish before Memorial Day.

As of Tuesday morning, about 4,000 people had completed the survey, which is open to everyone in Leon County. You have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to select your preference. To access the survey click here.