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Pasco school's may reduce 5-day Thanksgiving break to 3 days

LAND O' LAKES - The weeklong Thanksgiving break students and Pasco County school district employees enjoyed last week could be just a fond memory by this time next year. Pasco schools would return to its traditional three-day Thanksgiving break under a proposed calendar for the 2013-14 academic year. The change is necessary to ensure the first semester ends with the correct number of days by winter break, district officials said. The school board is expected to vote on the calendar Dec. 18.
The Thanksgiving break for the 2013-14 school year would be Nov. 27 to 29 under the proposal. Trimming back the Thanksgiving week was expected. When school board members approved this year's calendar in February, they said employees needed to understand that a weeklong Thanksgiving break was a one-year anomaly unlikely to be repeated. One factor that helped create this year's elongated Thanksgiving vacation was the fact that Veterans Day, normally a school holiday in Pasco, fell on a Sunday. Veterans Day is on a Monday in 2013, so it returns as a school holiday in the proposed calendar. Other key dates on the proposed 2013-14 calendar include the first day of school for students, Aug. 19; winter break, Dec. 23 to Jan. 3; spring break, March 17 to 21; graduation, May 30 and 31; and the last day of school for students, June 3. The calendar is developed by a committee of district administrators, teachers, other school employees, union representatives, business owners and parents.

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