For the past few years, students in Stokes County have gone to school a few weeks earlier than many schools in the state due to a waiver, but this fall students will hit the books later.
The Stokes County Board of Education approved the 2013-14 school calendar as part of the consent agenda at a meeting on Feb. 18. This coming school year, students will start school on Aug. 26, with the 180-day school year set to end June 6. Teacher workdays will begin Aug. 19. Last year school began Aug. 13.
The State Board of Education has allowed the Stokes County Schools district to get waivers in the past to exempt it from the state mandated start near Aug. 25. But this year the school system plans to operate according to the state recommended date instead of under a waiver.
Melisa Jessup, executive director of human resources for Stokes County Schools, said legislation allows innovative programs such as the Early College to begin earlier, so that calendar could differ from the one of traditional schools in the county to keep more in line with community college dates. That would have to be approved by the school board, though.
The school system has already set the graduation dates for the current school year. Stokes Early College High School will hold graduation May 9, 2013, at 9 a.m.; North Stokes High School on May 16 at 7 p.m.; South Stokes High School on May 17 at 7 p.m.; West Stokes High School on May 18 at 9 a.m.; and Meadowbrook Academy on May 18 at noon.