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Board of Education Approves Calendar Change

𝐁𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏-𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫
 
On October 19th, 2021, during the Board of Education Work Session, Superintendent Dr. Miller made a recommendation to the Board of Education for a calendar revision and the Board approved her request.
 
There has been a long stretch without a break for students and staff in our traditional calendar. Dr. Miller requested a change in the current early college and traditional calendars. The current calendar has November 11th (Veterans Day) as a holiday for students and staff and a return on Friday, November 12th for a regular school day. Dr. Miller requested the district provide a much-needed break for our teachers, students, and families and make Friday, November 12th a non-instructional day for students and a remote workday for staff. All CCS buildings will be closed on November 12, 2021.
 
There is one catch.
There’s homework for staff and students. Saturday, November 13th is World Kindness Day. While taking a day away from school and on-site work, all students and staff are requested to do 2 things:
1. They do something for themselves. Take a walk. Sleep in. Exercise. Do something to rest and rejuvenate. Be kind to yourself.
2. Be kind to someone else. I would like to declare, Friday, November 12th as “Craven Cares” Day and have all students and staff complete 1 act of kindness for someone else.
 
Learning can take place beyond the walls of the classroom and have a lasting impact on students. Based on this, and in support of the district's core values of valuing people and societal responsibility, Dr. Miller recommended to the board a calendar change to support these values by providing a day to reflect and refocus on self and then on others. Dr. Miller requests those willing to share random acts of kindness to #cravencares and Craven County Schools will share how “Craven Cares” on social media. Ms. Wagner will be sending information to staff and students on how to share acts of kindness.
 
This is not a loss of an instructional day. It is instruction in another way. Dr. Miller believes this time away will make the hours more meaningful when staff and students return on Monday, November 15th well-rested and refocused on teaching and learning. There are also enough hours in the school calendar so this day does not need to be made up or moved to another day during the school year.
 
Dr. Miller shares, "I hope changing November 12th to a non-instructional day for students and a remote workday for all staff members of Craven County Schools demonstrates how I, along with the board, value our staff, students, and families. I also hope this notification provides ample time for families to plan for their child(ren) to have a much-needed break."
 
This update to the school calendar has been communicated to all staff and parents, as well as updated on the school calendars on the district website (https://www.cravenk12.org/domain/243).
We look forward to spreading kindness on November 12th and sharing how much #CravenCares!