Revised 2021-2022 start date for Birmingham City Schools after community feedback

Updated: Mar. 10, 2021 at 2:55 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham City Schools’ leaders announced a change and revision to the proposed calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

Leaders said after receiving feedback from parents, employees and the community, Birmingham City Schools revised the start of school to August 2.

Students would still have 180 days of instruction with school starting on Aug. 2, 2021.

Last month, the district proposed starting the school year in mid-July and having breaks of eight to 10 days between grading periods.

A majority of parents and employees who took school district surveys indicated they were opposed to those changes.

“We have listened to our parents and employees. They agree that we need to have an intentional and strategic plan for remediation and enrichment as we emerge from the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they want us to do something different from our original proposal,” said Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan. “By starting the school year a few days earlier and using breaks between grading periods to help students catch up or get ahead, we can help address academic problems that developed because of the impact of COVID-19.”

The Board of Education is expected to study the proposal and vote at a later date.

The district has asked parents and employees to review the updated proposal and complete an online survey by noon on Friday, March 19th.

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