The Portland Public Schools Board of Education, at its meeting Tuesday night, unanimously approved the school calendar for 2018-19. The calendar, a draft of which had been posted on the district website for public perusal, features several changes from 2017-18.
A change in the November schedule has created a fall break for students the week of Thanksgiving. The two days of parent-teacher conferences that were held Nov. 8 and 9 in 2017 will be held on a Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20, in 2018.
The district will close schools on Wednesday, Nov. 21, which combined with the traditional Thanksgiving and day after days off, creates a one-week fall break from classes for students.
â€œStaff shared with us the (feedback from) many stakeholders, whose input was considered in creating this new calendar,â€ said Board member Julie Esparza Brown, chair of the Boardâ€™s Teaching and Learning Committee that vetted the calendar after Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero approved a final draft.
One other potential change would affect Presidentsâ€™ Day, traditionally a day on which schools and offices have been closed in PPS. However, Feb. 18, 2019 is being set aside as a snow makeup day in the event that a day is lost because of weather. The district will be required to announce by Jan. 18 if it will use Feb. 18 as a makeup day or if it will be a holiday day off.
â€œIt’s important to note that this calendar reflects wise planning,â€ said Julia Brim-Edwards, Board chair. â€œIn past years, PPS hasn’t always planned in advance for snow days. We’ve got an excellent plan for next year regardless of whether we have a year like last year or a year like this year. That should give our families something they can really count on.â€