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Henry County Schools Calendar Adjusted for Second Semester

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Submission Date: December 15, 2020

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0037-12-2020)

Henry School Schools Calendar Adjusted for Second Semester  

Henry County Schools Calendar Adjusted for Second Semester

Board of Education amends calendar to push back return from break, add teacher workdays

HENRY COUNTY, GA – The Henry County Board of Education took formal action to amend the 2020-2021 school year calendar during the December Business Session, a decision that moves the start of the second semester for students to Monday, January 11 and adds seven days designated as teacher workdays.

Board members heard reports and updates from members of Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis’ executive cabinet regarding a longer window to coming back from the semester break.

“We know that recent trends have shown an increase in COVID-19 cases after traditional dates on the calendar which find people more prone to traveling and gathering in groups,” said Davis.  “The pushing back of the second semester start dates allows us to see the impact of holiday travel and make more informed decisions about the health and safety of our school district population.”

Also added to the amended calendar are full teacher workdays in January through April.  With classes not starting back until January 11, there will be three teacher works days from January 6 through January 8, and stand-alone days on January 29, February 12, March 12, and April 23.  These are days when there will be no on-campus or remote learning for any students. 

With the complexity of teaching during the pandemic comes the need to have ample time for our teachers to prepare for a teaching and delivery model that no one was taught in college.  They have quickly adapted to the new way, but planning is critical to preparedness and student success.

“Our teachers have worked harder than ever to provide a high-quality education during this uncommon school year,” said Vice-Chair Holly Cobb.  “These extra days for our educators will ensure they have plenty of time to prepare for the rigors and challenges of teaching in a hybrid setting to reach every student.”

Henry County Schools’ newest calendar adjustments still meet all state instructional days requirements.  State guidelines guide districts primarily on the amount of time spent in a classroom as opposed to the number of days.

As approved, the new calendar does not otherwise impact any dates outside of those already mentioned.

The 2020-2021 school year is still slated to conclude on Wednesday, May 26, and Class of 2021 graduation ceremonies have already been approved by the board of education to commence at Atlanta Motor Speedway starting May 19 and running through Friday, May 28.

“We are on track to continue providing quality instruction to all students in the second semester just like the first semester,” stated Davis.  “Each and every student in our system is being provided with an education that fits their needs, including that of a safe and healthy learning environment.  We are glad to be able to provide both on-campus and remote learning for our students and their families.”

To view an updated version of the calendar, families are encouraged to visit the district website and find the latest version in multiple locations.

For more information on Henry County Schools, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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Calendar - 2020-21 School Year