For the first time in recent memory, Sumner County students and teachers will get a week-long break at Thanksgiving next year.
The Sumner County Board of Education approved the school district’s 2020-2021 school year calendar by a vote of 8 to 2 on Nov. 19.
The school year includes a week-long fall break Oct. 5-9; a break at Thanksgiving Nov. 23-27; two weeks at Christmas Dec. 21-Jan. 4; and a week-long spring break March 15-19.
It will begin for teachers with an administrative day on July 27, and students will start school on Aug. 3.
In order to accommodate the two extra days off at Thanksgiving, the school year was extended two days. The last day for students will be May 25, 2021.
During the Nov. 19 meeting, District 8 School Board member Ted Wise recommended what was referred to as Option A – one of three calendar options board members were presented with.
District 4 School Board member Sarah Andrews said she and others spent a lot of time looking at the school calendar options and comparing it to other school district calendars. She also said they gathered input from several teachers.
While many teachers favored having two extra days off at Thanksgiving, Andrews said she didn’t think it was worth the trade-off of adding more days to the school year.
“I don’t know that I feel like adding those days is productive,” Andrews said.
Andrews noted that currently there is a 10-week summer break. That will be shortened to nine weeks with the 2020-21 school calendar, she noted.
Andrews and Jeff Duncan of District 5 voted against the school year calendar Option A.