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Darlington County Schools set 2019-20 schedule

December 6, 2018

DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Darlington County Board of Education approved the 2019-2020 Darlington County School District calendar at its December meeting. The calendar is a culmination of the work by the district’s calendar committee, comprised of parents, students, community members, teachers, administrators, and district staff. The committee sifted through the numerous requirements and requests to shape and refine the final calendar.

As required by law, students cannot begin school before the third Monday in August. Darlington County students will start school on Aug. 19, 2019. Teachers will start earlier on Aug. 12. The law also requires that students attend class for 180 days and teachers have 10 days of professional development.

Under South Carolina law, school districts must designate at least three days as inclement weather make-up days. The school district set aside four days – two in each semester – to accommodate fall and winter inclement weather possibilities as well as block scheduling. For 2019-2020, the inclement weather make-up days will be Nov. 1, Dec. 20, April 10, and June 4. If those days are not needed for make-up days, schools will be closed. If they are needed to make up missed days due to inclement weather, those days will be regular school days and attendance will be taken.

School districts are permitted three short days a year, which count toward the 180-day requirement. Two short days will be at the end of the year to allow school and district staff to wrap up grades and prepare buildings for summer. The third day will be immediately after the end of third quarter to give teachers time for grade verification.

“The calendar committee did an outstanding job of balancing wants and needs, requirements and requests,” said Audrey Childers, Darlington County schools public information officer. “I commend them for their hard work. Putting together the calendar is not an easy task. It involves a lot of negotiation and compromise. They did a fantastic job.”

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