Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Proposed Joplin R-8 calendar for 2016-2017 restores six classroom days
The Joplin R-8 Board of Education is expected to approve a calendar that would bring the district back up to 170 classroom days. Prior to the 2014 change, the district had 174 classroom days. A public hearing will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, just before the beginning of the regular board session.
The calendar will then be discussed during the regular session.
Huff's decision to delay the start of school by eliminating 10 student days was controversial since only the high school was not ready for occupancy, but the decision also covered all middle schools and elementary schools. The Joplin schools were able to meet state requirements by adding 10 minutes to each day.
Reportedly, the extra minutes that were added to the school day will continue next year.
The 2016-2017 calendar includes the following:
-School will start on August 18 and end on May 17
-Half-days for students on Halloween and Valentine's Day
-Spring parent/teacher conferences will be moved to mid-February
-170 student contact days
-176 teacher contract days
-Six full-day and two half-day professional development days for teachers