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Board Sets Calendar for 2018-2019 School Year

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Board Sets Calendar for 2018-2019 School Year
Posted on 02/28/2018
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The Portland Board of Public Education on Feb. 27 approved the  Portland Public Schools’ 2018-2019 School Calendar. 

The establishment of the calendar is a matter of educational policy. The superintendent consults with principals, operations leadership and the Portland Education Association before presenting a calendar to the school board each year for approval.

Highlights of the 2018-2019 calendar include:

          A schedule of 178 student days  (State law requires that schools schedule a minimum of 175 days.)

          A schedule of 183 staff days, as determined by contract. For the 2018-2019 school year, two of the non-student days are not placed in the school calendar and will be used for parent conferencing outside the normal workday.

          Setting the first student day of school for grades 1-12 as the Wednesday (8/29/18) prior to the Labor Day weekend, which provides more instructional time before student assessments and allows an earlier end to the school year. The Friday (8/31/18) before Labor Day will continue to be a non-school day.

          Beginning early release Wednesdays on Sept. 26 (the last Wednesday in September) as has been done in previous years.

          Setting the last student day as Tuesday, June 11, 2019. However, the calendar does not include any storm days and it notes that if five storm days are added in the course of the year, the last day of school will be Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Another change in the new calendar is the designation of the holiday on the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

In approving that change, the school board followed the lead of the Portland City Council, which voted in September to designate the holiday the city formerly recognized as Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

“With this, we join the city of Portland and several other municipalities in Maine in honoring the first inhabitants of this land on this day that has traditionally honored those who came after them,” said Superintendent Xavier Botana. “This action is consistent with our Equity goal strategies to review current policies and practices that create unintended barriers to access and to dismantle them as part of our effort to create a more just school system.”

For more details, please see the 2018-2019 school calendar.