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School Board approves calendar for 2018-19, tables approval for 2019-20 school year

Aerial view of Kuhlman stadium with water tower in foreground.

At its meeting on Dec. 11, the Edina School Board approved the calendar for the 2018-19 school year. The Board tabled action on the proposed 2019-20 calendar following discussion about the placement of spring break in 2020.

In September, the School Board approved parameters to be used by the 14-member Calendar Committee, comprised of parents, staff, and administration, to develop two options for each school year with varying scenarios around non-school days, early release/late start days, and testing schedules. Following discussion of the options at their meeting on Nov. 13, the Board’s HR Committee then met to narrow the options and identify a preferred option to present for action on Dec. 11. The Board approved the 2018-19 school year calendar, and is expected to approve the 2019-20 calendar at a future meeting.

The first day of school in 2018 will start after Labor Day to allow maximum time for summer construction; while the proposed 2019-20 calendar returns the first day of school to the week before Labor Day.

Earlier in the meeting the School Board also approved two minor changes for the current school year to address construction at South View Middle School and schedule changes at Edina High School.

  • South View Middle School — To accommodate classroom relocations due to construction, South View Middle School will have a late start on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The school day for SVMS students will begin at 10 a.m. to allow time for teachers and staff to unpack classroom materials relocated over Winter Break.
  • Edina High School — Edina High School has moved the statewide ACT testing date from Feb. 27 to April 24, 2018. On that date, all 11th grade students will take the ACT, and planned activities for grades 9, 10 and 12 will also move from Feb. 27 to April 24 — 9th graders will participate in a leadership retreat and take the state civics assessment, grade 10 students will take the PSAT or Practice ACT, and there will be no school for seniors. Students in grades 9-11 will have an early release on April 24 at 1:30 p.m.