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The 2014-2015 Decorah School calendar will look a little different than in previous years.

At Monday’s meeting, the Decorah School Board approved the calendar, which includes a one-hour late start every Wednesday for staff professional development.

Superintendent Mike Haluska said districts setting aside weekly time for professional development is a widespread practice.

“Five of the seven schools in our conference have regularly set time for professional development with either a late start or early out,” said Haluska.

“We are behind the curve on this.”


The schedule

The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 20. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 27, there will be one-hour late starts for professional development every Wednesday school is in session.

There will be no school Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 13 and 14, for professional development.

There is no school Friday Nov. 7 (professional comp day for conferences).

School is out for Thanksgiving break, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28, and for winter break, Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Friday, Jan. 2.

There is no school Monday, Jan. 12 for professional development, and no school Friday, Feb. 13, (professional comp day for conferences) and Monday, Feb. 16 for Presidents Day.

Spring break is Friday, April 3, and commencement is Sunday, May 17. School is scheduled to end Friday, May 22.

The calendar has 180 days of instruction. Iowa allows the use of parent-teacher conference days as instructional time; therefore, the first two weather-related “no school” days will not be rescheduled.

Professional development work days or other “no school” days built into the calendar may be used as make-up days for emergency closing of school. If necessary, the school year may be extended.

If students miss more than two days of school due to inclement weather, they will begin making them up Tuesday, May 26.