An earlier start scheduled for most schools for 2013-2014

FALLBROOK – Summer break will be cut short this year for students and staff in the Fallbrook Union High School District (FUHSD) and Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD).

The first day of school for students in both districts will be Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 and the last day of the school year will be May 29, 2014. The primary reason given for the change is to enable the districts to end the first semester before Winter Break, hopefully reducing absenteeism in students who take extended vacations that time of year.

Dale Mitchell, Ed.D., superintendent of FUHSD said another perceived benefit to advancing the instructional calendar is the ability to have students better prepared for certain tests.

Eric Forseth, assistant superintendent of educational services for FUESD, said the elementary school district changed its calendar primarily to coincide with that of the high school district.

Getting the word out early about the change is important to families in their districts, Mitchell and Forseth said.

“We want to remind people that there will be a shorter summer this year and the 2013-2014 school year is starting earlier,” said Mitchell.

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