Board Approves Earlier Calendar For Boise School District

Oct 11, 2017

Boise School District students will start classes earlier next fall – though not as early as they might have.

Kids in the district will get out of school in late May for the 2018-2019 school year, but as a trade off, they’ll begin classes Aug. 20.


That’s so the end of the first semester lines up with winter break – something school district officials say will help students do better on final tests while the material is still fresh in their minds.


“That way they can rest and relax, engage with family and friends during winter holiday break and then hit the ground running, so to speak, when second semester begins in January,” said Dan Hollar, a Boise School District spokesman.


But Liz Edrich, a parent with two kids in the Boise School District, says she was never shown any proof that that’s the case, despite attending school meetings about the change.


“I’m not going to go against that if that’s what research says, but they couldn’t do that. They just said that students want stress-free Christmas breaks and so do we,” Edrich said.


She notes she’d personally prefer school starting after Labor Day to spend more time with her family during the warm summer months.


The compromise came after district officials proposed starting the fall semester Aug. 15.


Boise School District Board of Trustees approved the changes this week.


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