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Board of Directors approved next two school calendars, with first day of school before Labor Day

It's official. School will start before Labor Day next year and the year after.

The Canby School District Board of Directors voted unanimously last month to approve the academic calendars for the next two school years, with the 2020-2021 year beginning on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and the 2021-2022 year beginning on Aug. 30-31.

Human Resources Director Michelle Riddell did much of the legwork to create the calendars, but throughout the process, she sought feedback from parents, teachers and peers.

Included in that feedback were survey responses from parents. At the end of last school year, the district sent out a survey, asking in one question whether parents preferred starting school before or after Labor Day, as the holiday falls later in September in the next two years.

Starting after Labor Day would mean the end of the school year would be later in June.

Fifty-five percent of parent respondents said they'd prefer their children to start school before Labor Day and end the year sometime around June 10. Nearly 36 percent said they'd prefer to start after Labor Day with an end-date around June 17. Nearly 9 percent did not have an opinion.

COURTESY PHOTO: CSD - Based on a survey of parents, Canby School District will start school prior to Labor Day for the next two years.

So, the calendar was created with school starting before the holiday.

Another item included in the calendar is a potential snow make-up day on March 19. Superintendent Trip Goodall expressed hope that this will prevent school ending on a Monday again.

"If we were to have snow, if you add that at the end of the school year, you may get the same situation that we had last year where all of a sudden, you've got a Monday where kids are coming back to school," Goodall said at the December board meeting. "And that's always problematic at the end of the year."

Riddell reiterated this idea, noting she heard "loud and clear" ending on a Monday was not ideal.

"Please, whatever you do, don't end on a Monday," one parent told Riddell at a calendar committee meeting.

To view the calendars, visit

Kristen Wohlers
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