Metro Nashville Public Schools has announced its proposed 2011-12 academic calendar year, with major changes including eight snow days and 158 days of instructional time prior to TCAP testing in the spring — 14 more days than students are receiving this school year.
The Board of Education must approve the proposed calendar, which is slated to be done at the April 12 meeting.
Other major changes made to the 2011-12 calendar include the following:
* Instead of a week-long fall break, students will have two days out of school, giving teachers two full days for professional development.
* The first semester will end two days earlier and the second semester will begin two days earlier.
* The last day of school has been moved up by a full week – to May 17 instead of May 24.
Schools officials said numerous parents and students stressed the need for more built-in snow days. After the near-record number of snow days required in 2010-11, the district’s Calendar Committee took the original 2011-12 calendar — which allowed for six snow days, with the option of adding more days onto the end of the year if necessary — and increased it to eight snow days. The schedule still leaves room to fit in any additional days before Memorial Day.
Originally, the Board of Education approved the 2011-12 calendar in October, but district administrators and board members wanted to reevaluate and revise it.