Board of Education Selects Calendar for 2017-18 School Year

Guilford County families may start planning for the next school year. The Guilford County Board of Education approved the traditional-school calendar for the 2017-18 school year at its meeting Thursday night.

The decision came after considering three options and input received during a 30-day public comment period. The options were created by a committee of administrators, parents, staff and community members who were informed of all legal restrictions in regards to the calendar. The calendar law may be viewed by clicking here.

The calendar is based on 180 student days, 215 teacher days (including holidays and vacation leave days) and meets all current legal requirements.

The first day for traditional schools is Monday, Aug. 28, and the last day is Friday, June 8. State law requires schools to begin the year no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26 and end no later than the Friday closest to June 11.

During the public comment period, 70 people favored Option 1, 199 supported Option 2 and 67 voted for Option 3. Eight people did not specify a preference.

The board voted in favor of Option 2, which offers seven inclement weather days and five teacher work days before school starts. 

Calendars for employees and the non-traditional school calendars are based on the traditional academic calendar and will be developed in the coming months. Early release days will also be determined at a later date.