FWCS changes calendar to address weather issues

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  August 11 will be the first day of classes in the 2015-16 school year for students who attend Fort Wayne Community Schools.  The district adopted the early start to address problems it faced with all the cancellations caused by the unusually harsh winter.

The calendar for the 2014-15 school year has not been changed with the start of classes scheduled for August 18 and the last day slated for June 2, 2015.  The last day could change depending on how many weather cancellations the district issues.

The new schedule for 2015-16 will allow for the first semester to end before winter break and the school year to end in May and in some cases before Memorial Day. Graduations will take place the first weekend in June.

“With the extreme weather we experienced this year, we knew it was time to adjust our calendar to ensure first semester ended before winter break,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “During the 2013-14 school year, final exams for high school students and other end-of-semester events were pushed back a week because of January’s snowstorms. With the semester ending a week later, it no longer was practical to have parent-teacher conference at the end of January because we had just started second semester. Adjusting our calendar will prevent this from being an issue in the future.”

The calendar also adds a third reserve make-up day in most years. The new day comes at the end of the third quarter in March. In 2015-16, the new reserve make-up day is scheduled for March 11 with two additional make-up days in May. If state testing conflicts with the schedule, the dates for the make-up days will be adjusted. The calendar remains flexible in using holidays and other days as make-up days, if necessary.



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