District 51 adopts new school calendar

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- According to District 51 board members, building and adopting a schedule for the year is one of the most complicated tasks school officials face.

After more than five months of research, outreach and discussion, District 51 has adopted the 2019-2020 school year calendar.

Teachers will still have "educator effectiveness days," or time to plan without students in the classroom, and teacher work days.

What is different about this calendar, however, is the days will be blocked together and scattered throughout the year.

Educators said this new calendar could help students to raise their test scores.

"In today's time in our society, the way that it's fast and furious for everybody, students can't leave a lesson and expect to come back and pick up exactly where they left off after a fragmented week," said Paul Pitton, D51 school board member.

Pitton said the board hopes the new calendar, while similar to the 2018-2019 calendar, will lend itself to student growth.

The District has the days set, but now school start times will have to be decided. The District said they hope to announce start times by the end of February.

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