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Washoe County Schools Get Ready for Early Start

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In just a week thousands of students will head back to school in Washoe County - quite a bit earlier than they have in the past. That's because schools are running on a "balanced calendar" this year - for the first time district-wide.

Basically the balanced calendar means there's a shorter summer, school starts a few weeks earlier and then they'll get longer breaks in the fall, winter, and spring to make up the difference.

It did cause a little bit of controversy when it was first under consideration, but they are trying it out this year.

"It seems across the district positive, everywhere I go in the community, lots of positive comments, teachers are excited about it. So yeah I think it's going to be a great thing for the district," says Echo Loder Elementary School Principal Dina Ciarmella.

It's crunch time at Echo Loder - and at schools across the district.

Teachers have just one more week to get their classrooms set up and their lesson plans finalized.

And there will be a few changes this year: new legislation allowed for smaller class sizes in kindergarten so the full-day kindergarten classes will go from 28 kids to 21. That means schools were able to add additional classes - and additional teachers.

Teachers we spoke to say they're excited to get started even though there's still a lot to do before August 12th.

"It will be teachers in the parking lot until 8:30, 9 o'clock at night, getting here early in the morning, meeting with other grade levels, principals meeting, parents coming in office final touches, getting things ready to go...it's a hive right now, very busy."

Although all washoe county schools are starting next Monday, start times can be different. To check the start time for your child's school, go to http://www.washoe.k12.nv.us/

Written by Arianna Bennett

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