The November elections have prompted Gwinnett County Public Schools officials to make changes to the 2014-2015 school calendar.
Due to expectations of high voter turnout, school officials have decided to make Election Day, Nov. 4, a student/teacher holiday. The system was originally scheduled to hold classes on that day. With the addition of the student/teacher holiday, school officials have set the first day of the 2014-2015 school year for Tuesday, Aug. 5 -- one day earlier than originally planned.
“As many of our schools serve as polling sites, we felt this change was in order for a number of reasons," explained Associate Superintendent for School Improvement and Operations Dr.Kevin Tashlein. "Clearly, safety is a concern when you have large numbers of people entering and exiting a school during school hours. The additional traffic associated with large numbers of voters can create congestion that can affect bus routes and car rider lanes as parking is limited at schools.”
As a result of the new start date, teachers will report for pre-planning on July 29 instead of July 30.
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