Back To School 2014

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Summer break has once again ended for teachers and staff, and soon for students, in the local school systems as another school year is upon us.

For the second summer in a row the break for Watauga County students will be 67 days, from June 13th (the first full day without school as the 12th was a half a day) to August 19th (the first full day).

Data from Watauga County Schools shows that June 12 is the latest release date for the system since the 1996-97 calendar year.

Two reasons factor into the shorter than usual summer for 2014: 18 days of school were missed due to winter weather for the 2013-14 school year, and North Carolina state legislation requiring schools to start no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26 went into effect for the first time for the 2013-14 year. For more information about historical start and end days for Watauga see below.

As the 2014-15 school year begins here are some links to articles and pages worth taking note of in case you may have missed them before:

Watauga County Schools Weather Closings History

Appalachian State Weather Closings History

Watauga County Students Return to School August 19

Preston Clarke Named Next Valle Crucis Principal

Stricter Penalties Apply for Passing Stopped School Buses

School Attendance Areas and Bus Routes Available Online

Start & End Dates from Watauga County Schools website

Start and End Dates (actual last days of school)
Watauga County Schools – 1996-97 to present

Year: Start – End
1996-97: Aug. 15 – June 6
1997-98: Aug. 14 – June 9

Summer of ’98 new calendar law requiring 180 days of instruction, 1000 hours of instruction, 10 annual leave days, 10 Holidays, 15 workdays.

1998-99: Aug. 13 – June 8
1999-00: Aug. 12 – June 7
2000-01: Aug. 10 – June 6
2001-02: Aug. 9 – May 28
2002-03: Aug. 8 – June 6
2003-04: Aug. 7 – June 7
2004-05: Aug. 12 – June 7
2005-06: Aug. 11 – June 1
2006-07: Aug. 10 – May 29
2007-08: Aug. 9 – May 28
2008-09: Aug. 7 – June 8
2009-10: Aug. 12 – June 4 (with 5 days waived by Legislature)
2010-11: Aug. 11 – June 8
2011-12: Aug. 10 – May 25
2012-13: Aug. 8 – June 12
2013-14: Aug. 19 – June 12
2014-15: Aug. 19 –

Start & End Dates - Watauga County Schools.

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