SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education will meet on Thursday in the Sparta High School cafeteria for the July meeting.  The agenda shows a proposed new school calendar, with a few changes including the first and last day of school.

The start of the school year has been moved from September 2 to September 8.  The new proposed calendar shows four days of Teacher In-Service from September 1 to 4.

The new calendar eliminates the October 12 Columbus Day school closure for students and In-Service day for teachers. 

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November remains unchanged with schools closed for November 3 Election Day.  Having polling stations in the schools has been discussed as a security issue for many years.  Four days are slated for parent teacher conferences for kindergarten through fifth grade.  The typical November schedule is reflected with closures for New Jersey Education Association teachers’ convention and Thanksgiving with early dismissal days prior to the closures.

December, January and February follow the traditional schedule of closures for winter break, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day.   Winter break begins with an early dismissal on December 23 to kick off winter break with schools reopening on January 4.

March 12 is an early dismissal day for Teacher In-Service.  Spring Break begins with an early dismissal on April 1.  Schools will reopen on April 12.

The new calendar has moved the last day of school to June 23.  Initially it was June 22. 

Neither calendar assigns a number of emergency closure days.  It notes the board of education could “change the calendar in response to extreme weather scenarios and other emergency situations.”

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