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Board takes peek at 2022-2023 school calendar

SOLON– Solon’s school board went back to the future.
Board members were presented with a draft of the school calendar for 2022-2023 during a Dec. 17 meeting.
According to Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent Davis Eidahl, the calendar was prepared based on previous years by administrative assistant and board secretary Kris Wentzien.
Eidahl reviewed the draft to ensure 180 school days and a minimum 1,080 hours of student contact.
The first day of school would be Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, and the last day for students would be Thursday, May 25, 2023.
“Spring break (March 10-19, 2023) is always locked in because we try to coincide with the university,” Eidahl observed.
The remaining decisions have to do with scheduling parent-teacher conferences and adjusting the winter break.
The proposed calendar was sent out to the superintendent’s teacher advisory committee, which provided feedback, he said.
The original draft had school breaking for winter Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, and coming back Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, Eidahl noted.
The date was changed at the suggestion of teachers who recalled students staying up late for New Year’s Eve, he stated.
“And it wasn’t Jan. 1 that they were exhausted, it was always Jan. 2 that it caught up to them,” he reported. Eidahl recalled a Jan. 2 return early in his time at Solon that didn’t receive positive feedback.
The modified version starts winter break Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, with students returning Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.
A decision still needs to be made for the first week of the year, Eidahl added. Should the Tuesday start date be a full day or a half-day?
While the draft has some teacher feedback, no community or parent input has been taken, he said.
The proposed calendar will return to the board’s agenda after more feedback has been collected, he said.