PORTLAND, Ore. – Public schools in Portland will end the sporadic November schedule known as “no school November” as part of a new calendar approved for the 2018/2019 school year.
The November schedule will be adjusted so that students get all of Thanksgiving week off, and there will be no in-service days during the month. For the last two years, there were nearly half as many days off in November as there were school days.
School will also begin on Aug. 27, rather than on the day after Labor Day.
And the school board voted to end late opening and early dismissal days, as part of what PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero called a "student-focused, family-friendly" new calendar.
One more change could affect Presidents’ Day, when schools are traditionally closed, said PPS spokesman Dave Northfield. But Feb. 18, 2019 will be set aside as a potential snow makeup day if necessary. The district will announce by Jan. 18 whether that becomes a makeup day or if students will have the day off.
“It's important to note that this calendar reflects wise planning,” said Julia Brim-Edwards, PPS board chair. “In past years, PPS hasn't always planned in advance for snow days. We've got an excellent plan for next year regardless of whether we have a year like last year or a year like this year. That should give our families something they can really count on.”