Fall break is restored, as the Metro Nashville Board of Education approved a new calendar for the 2011-12 school year that preserves the weeklong October recess.
An earlier-approved calendar for the next school year had reduced the length of fall break. But under the plan approved Tuesday by an 8-1 vote, students won’t report to school from Oct. 14 through Oct. 23, when also factoring in days off during weekends.
Parents and teachers had criticized the previous changes to the fall recess, and the district’s calendar committee took the feedback into account.
The new calendar has the school year beginning Aug. 11 and ending May 24.
Winter break runs Dec. 19 through Jan. 2. Spring break runs April 2 through April 9, when taking the weekend into account, giving students a full three weeks back in class before TCAP testing begins on April 30.
This year, spring break occurred in March.
The plan also allows for seven days to make up snow cancellations throughout the year to limit the need to add days to the end of the calendar.