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Board president Steve Priestley discusses the upcoming school year calendar during the April 6 meeting on the Lincoln County Board of Education.

HAMLIN — The Lincoln County Board of Education will soon decide on its calendar for the 2021-22 school year.

The first public hearing, in accordance with West Virginia Code §18-5-45, was held during the April 6 meeting of the board.

Board president Steve Priestley said the calendar had been available for public review for a few weeks before this first hearing.

“This is the first public hearing on the proposed 2021-22 school calendar,” Priestley said. “According to the provisions of West Virginia Code 18-5-45, the floor will be open to receive public comments regarding the proposed calendar for the 2021-22 school year. The proposed calendar is attached [to the agenda], and of course it’s available for public review for those that want to see that.”

During this first hearing, no public comments were made.

The proposed calendar has students returning Aug. 18, with staff returning Aug. 12 to prepare for the start of the school year.

The school holidays within the term, in accordance with West Virginia Code §18A-5-2, are Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Memorial Day. The school year would be set to end June 3 for students and June 6 for staff.

Thanksgiving break, as currently set, would run from Nov. 22 to 26. Christmas break would run Dec. 23 to 31. Spring break would take place April 25 to 29. However, these dates are all considered “Out-of-Calendar” days, meaning they can be utilized to make up canceled instructional days if noninstructional days are not adequate.

The proposed plan includes 20 non-instructional days — three curriculum development, two preparation for opening/closing schools, four professional learning, one parent-teacher conference, six outside school environment, one election and seven holidays.

The second and final hearing on the calendar will take place at the next Lincoln County Board of Education meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 20. Visit lcsdwv.com for more information.

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