New Calendar Approved for 2010-2011 School Year

By: Alexandra Hill Email
By: Alexandra Hill Email

Bay County school board members approved a school calendar today for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year and the first day of school will begin on August 4th.

The change will give students just 56 days of summer vacation.

Several years ago the state legislature passed a law restricting school districts from starting any sooner than two weeks before Labor Day. But the law makes an exception for top ranking districts.

School board members believe the earlier start will benefit students.

"We are able to close out the first semester before the holidays hit, which is very good for learning and students,” said School Board Chairperson, Ginger Littleton.

"Right now, the students have to do their exams after Christmas break. That is not good for student learning. With these calendars, we won't have to do that,” said School Board Vice Chairperson, Donna Allen.


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  • by AHS Location: panama city beach on Jan 10, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    I go to arnold and i get what your saying(everyone who goes to sms) but its only gonna be ONE summer! its not like every sumer break from here on out is gonna be 56 days long. after this year when we get back in sync we're gonna have a long summer! and we don't go for more days it'll still be 180. I'm not looking forward to getting out in June either, it seems like the middle of summer to me. I'd much rather get out in early may and go back in early august! but thats just me.. and as far as exams, once you start high school next year it's COMPLETELY different! you'll be thankful for getting to take exams before christmas! i have to take them next week and they're from everything we learned since early november, and i didn't do any work over christmas break and i regret it. i forgot A LOT of the info. and as far as us going from B/C district to A district, did you ever think that maybe it has nothing to do with exams being after christmas? maybe it has to do with getting better teachers
  • by Erin Location: PCB on Dec 22, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    Wow, I hate to think what type of reaction would occur if Bay County went to year round school! Jeez... get over it... you'll have a long summer next year. And what is this I-deserve-75-days-of-summer attitude? Sure, summer break is great, but you don't deserve it. It's just how most local school systems operate. Try living in China!
  • by Margaret Location: Panama City on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    When the District had an early start date (2001-2007) Bay was a B and C district. When they changed to a later start date (2008) Bay was now an A district. So how is an earlier start date better for students?
  • by Charlotte Location: Panama City Beach on Nov 16, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    This is honestly a bad idea. This is taking time away from the children. They need the time to relax and not have to worry about school. Summer is the time they enjoy most. You don't want to take that away from them. Starting school early just for more time to study for FCAT? That sounds ridiculous to me. If you are worried about it that much, have optional summer programs for those who WANT to. Don't do this to all the others. This is also going to affect the tourism in PCB and students' jobs. They earn money for the things they need such as clothing and school related items with their jobs. If this doesn't change, we will all have major problems. Just think about it.
  • by Kathy Location: PCB FL on Nov 13, 2009 at 12:33 PM
    I just think it's a shame that students(children) have such a short summer. They need time to be stress-free and to just be children. I think back to the glorious days of summer when I was growing up and I truly believe the nice long summer helped me to do well in school. My generation had exams after Christmas and I feel we were successful in life. Please rethink the school start date...give these children a decent, well-deserved break and the teachers, too. Also the comment below about spending the rest of your life working at Burger King was really uncalled for...it is a good honest living and no one should be made to feel that it isn't.
  • by Think about it on Nov 12, 2009 at 04:07 AM
    For the teacher (alleged) in this thread: Perhaps a little more schooling would have helped you in your grammar and sentence structure skills. Your convoluted style and missing words do not lend credence to your argument. To the students (alleged) in this thread: What are you complaining about? You're getting a FREE education......it costs you nothing but a little more time and effort on your part. If that isn't to your liking, you can always drop out and spend the rest of your life working for Burger King.
  • by Chelsea Location: Panama City Beach Florida on Nov 11, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    My name is chelsea mandeville i go to surfside.I think only giving us 56 days of summer is SOOO not going to help us if anything its going t make us hate school more!! I mean Elainas right this is insane think about if you were us! would you like it if you only had 56 days to relax and get prepared for a whole nother yr of school? No i dont think you would. Consider how we feel if we could get like a petition and get saaay, two hundred students to sign it would you reconsider if so e mail me ,y ea,ail adress is above!! If this might make you reconsider PLEASE let me know!!If you wont consider this idea you guys have serious issues!!
  • by Ashley Location: panama city beach on Nov 11, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    This is absolutley crazy. 56 days? seriously? I go to Surfside and I can't believe you're giving us 56 days to have fun and be recreational. You think that a longer school year and a shorter summer is going to help us? really? ALL this so we don't have to take exams after christmas break? Well, I'm going to tell you it's NOT going to help us at all. You're making it worse. Stop thinking you can screw with our personal lives and give us the exams after christmas break.
  • by Kyle Location: Panama City Beach Florida on Nov 11, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    This is the single most idiotic thing the Bay county school board has ever done. They can't do this that loop hole only applies for top schools if Bay county is on the list for top schools then the person(s) who decide the list are stupid. They can't do this like elena said this is ludicrous.
  • by Marilyn Location: Bay County on Nov 11, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    A few years ago while I was teaching, same issue came up about ending semester before Christmas. Last time I was teaching, that was being done and don't know when it changed back if it did. School did start in August to accomplish, but not beginning of August. Maybe someone needs to look at previous calendars. Students, especially younger ones need time to be children and many families have difficulty scheduling vacation time anyway. But major point is when did we revert to calendar that did not allow semester to end before Christmas? Some of training days for teachers could be done in summer and not punish children by starting so early in summer. Why is this being put forth as a new idea when it's been done for years and when did it change and why is it necessary to start so early to accomplish?
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