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Fargo Schools 2018-19 School Year Calendar

Dr. Robert GroszBy Fargo Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Grosz

The Fargo Public Schools 2018–19 school year calendar has been developed and was approved by the Fargo School Board.

The calendar was developed by the District’s Calendar Committee. The committee had 22 members: three teachers, six parents, three principals, one Fargo Education Association teacher representative, one support staff member, three district office representatives, three students, the English Learners director, and one Fargo School Board member.

The development of the calendar was part of multiple committee meeting agendas. The calendar was developed after reviewing the previous calendars, ND State Statutes, proposed co-curricular schedule, and the data from the Calendar Survey.  The calendar, when in draft form, was presented to the City PTA for their review.  Finally, the calendar was presented to the School Board on April 11, 2017 for their approval.

The approved 2018–19 school calendar can be found here.

Two of the biggest questions the Calendar Committee discusses each year are when should the school year start and whether or not to have a week-long spring break.  The Calendar Committee reviewed the following data from the Calendar Survey to help it makes its recommendation.

Start Date: When asked to rank in order of your family’s preference, starting school in August (which would most likely mean ending school in May) was the preferred choice among all subgroups surveyed.

Spring Break: When asked if your family wanted a week-long spring break built into the school calendar, the answer ‘yes’ had the highest percentage among all subgroups surveyed.

Parents:                       Yes – 52.83%              No – 47.17%
Teachers:                     Yes – 71.99%              No – 28.01%
Other District Staff:    Yes – 65.82%              No – 34.18%
Students:                     Yes – 85.27%              No – 14.73%

The full results from the Calendar Survey are posted here.

I would like to thank the committee for the time and effort that they put into the development of the 2018–19 school calendar.  By developing the 2018–19 school calendar and sharing it with our parents and communities, families will have the opportunity to plan school and other family activities in advance of the 2018–19 school year.