Could Summer Break Be Extended for St. Johns County Students?

During a recent school board meeting here in St. Johns County, the school district superintendent Tim Forson pitched the idea of pushing back the start of the 2021-2022 school year 6 days. This means instead of school starting on August 10th, 2021, it could potentially begin on August 16th, 2021 instead. The summer break leading up to this school year is much shorter than a typical one-only about 7 weeks long compared to the usual 10 weeks students and teachers had before the COVID-19 pandemic. With the addition of 6 days, the summer break would give students a little extra time to prepare for the upcoming school year and spend more time with their family and friends. It would also provide schools with extended time to complete construction projects in schools, and teachers with a “little breather”. The last day of the 2021-2022 school year would change to June 2nd, 2022, and the last day of school without this change would remain June 9th, 2022. The school board was relatively accepting of the idea, but further contemplation is necessary before a final decision can be made. Forson hopes to make this decision soon to give to parents, students, and teachers.