Over 2000 parents, students, staff and community members responded to Greenbrier County Schools online calendar survey last year. As school calendar planning for 2015-16 gets underway, the school district is again seeking input through a brief online school calendar survey. The survey, available Mar. 18-31 on the district’s home page at GreenbrierCountySchools.org, engages parents, students, staff and community members in the planning process by asking them to rank their priorities on a variety of options considered in setting the school calendar.
“We were very pleased with the number of people who participated in last year’s calendar survey. Their input was essential and guided us in a number of ways as we made some tough decisions about start dates, scheduled breaks and scheduled make-up days,” states Superintendent Sallie E. Dalton.
“Two public forums will also be held in April to give us additional opportunities to share and receive information that will impact the 2015-16 school calendar. One forum will be held at Western Greenbrier Middle School on Apr. 7 and the other at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School on Apr. 13 – both forums will begin at 6 p.m. I encourage everyone who is interested to review the calendar requirements, attend a forum and complete our online survey,” continues Superintendent Dalton.
Pursuant to provisions of the West Virginia State Code §18-5-45; §18-5A-5; §18A-5-2; and State Board of Education Policy 3234, each county board is required to prepare a school calendar for the upcoming year and submit it to the State Superintendent of Schools for approval. Calendars must meet guidelines and requirements set forth in state code and state board policy. A copy of school calendar requirements, guidelines and sample calendars are available for review at http://wvde.state.wv.us/calendar/blank-form.html.
“So many aspects of the school calendar are prescribed by state code and policy, but in the areas where we can make local decisions we want to make sure our families and community have a voice,” concludes Dalton.