About the 2021-22 Year Round Modified Calendar
On February 2, 2021, the Kershaw County School Board approved a few minor changes to the 2021-22 calendar that was originally approved on March 3, 2020.
These changes were recommended by the district calendar committee, which has a representative from each school as well as district office departments. Committee members include teachers, administrators and parents.
Changes to the year-round modified school calendar include:
- Moving the start date for students from August 2 to August 5. The mid-week start is helpful for our younger learners who are adjusting to a five-day week schedule.
- Making Sept. 3, April 7 and April 8 eLearning Virtual Days for all students.
Beginning school early in August allows our schools to complete the first semester before Christmas break. We believe this arrangement has academic benefits, especially for our high school students. The earlier start also gives us flexibility to schedule breaks throughout the school year for the wellness and mental health of students and staff.
This year, the start date will result in a shortened summer for students and teachers. Because of the amount of instructional time disrupted in the past year by the pandemic, we believe that a shortened summer may be especially valuable for students to avoid summer learning loss. The total number of school days for students (180) and contract days for teachers (190) remain the same as they have been before.