DOWNLOAD 2013-14 CALENDAR HERE.
The Darlington County Board of Education approved the 2013-14 school district calendar at their November board meeting. The calendar was developed by a committee of parents, students, community members, teachers, administrators, and district staff, who sifted through the numerous requirements and requests to shape and refine the final calendar.
As required by law, students cannot begin school before the third Monday in August. Darlington County students will meet this requirement by starting on August 19, 2012. Teachers will start earlier on August 13. The law also requires that students attend class for 180 days and teachers have ten days of professional development.
In addition to the legal requirements, the committee took into consideration a wish list from teachers, administrators, students, parents and community members:
• Teachers and administrators asked that the school year start on a Monday or Tuesday.
• School administrators requested four days of in-service before students return so schools would have adequate time to prepare for the school year.
• Employees, students and parents requested three days off for Thanksgiving.
• Employees, students and parents requested a week off for Spring Break at Easter.
• Parents asked that schools offer parent-teacher conferences in the evening of one day and the morning of the next.
• Employees, students and parents requested a break between January and Spring Break in April.
Based on these parameters, the calendar committee developed the 2013-14 calendar, which was then approved by the board. The school year will begin for students on August 19 and end for students on June 4, 2014. The last day of school before the Christmas holidays will be Friday, December 20, 2013.
One change from previous years is the holiday after Spring Break. The calendar committee placed Spring Break on the week before Easter to allow more time between Spring Break and PASS testing. However, the committee also did not want families to have to travel on Easter Sunday, one of the busiest travel times of the year. To prevent this, the committee scheduled no school for the Monday following Spring Break.
DARLINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 2013-14 CALENDAR
4 --- No school: Independence Day
13-16 --- No school: Professional development
19 --- First day of school for students
2 --- No school: Labor Day
19 --- Full day of school; Parent conferences 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Interim report (23rd day of the quarter)
20 --- No school: Parent conferences (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM) and professional development (half day for teachers)
22-24 --- Fall HSAP (HSAP make-up: Oct. 25 – Nov. 1)
22 --- End of 1st quarter
25 --- Early dismissal after lunch: Report card preparation
30 --- Report cards issued
1 --- No school: Professional Development
27-29 --- No school: Thanksgiving
23-Jan. 3 --- No school: Christmas Break
6 --- All return from Christmas Break
13 --- End of second quarter/End of first semester
17 --- No school: Professional development
20 --- No school: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
23 --- Report cards issued
13 --- Full day of school; Parent conferences 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM; Interim report (21st day of quarter)
14 --- No school: Parent conferences (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM) and professional development (half day for teachers)
28 --- Spring holiday
3 --- No school: Professional Development
18-19 --- PASS testing (PASS Make-Up: March 20-25)
24 --- End of 3rd quarter
28 --- Early dismissal after lunch: Report card preparation
2 --- Report cards issued
1-3 --- Spring HSAP (HSAP make-up: Apr. 4-11)
14-21 --- Spring Break - students & 190-day employees
16-21 --- Spring Break -12-month employees
20 --- Easter
6-9 --- PASS testing (PASS testing make-up: May 12-16)
26 --- No school: Memorial Day
2-4 --- Short day, no lunch served
4 --- End of 4th quarter, last day of school
5 --- No school: Professional development