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Oxford schools consider shorter summer break

The Oxford School District is considering shortening their summer break. This comes after the State Board of Education approved plans back in March for the OSD to hold the title of a District of Innovation. A portion of the OSD’s initial application included a modified calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.

In a release from the OSD, Superintendent Brian Harvey said that despite reports there are no plans currently in place.

“[It is] still in the concept stage and no progress has been made, nor will it be made until a committee makes the recommendation to move forward,” said Harvey. “We have no plans in place.”

Harvey went on to say that a committee will be assembled in the fall to begin researching the impacts on current departments, processes, and summer learning loss which is the main argument in favor of the modified calendar.

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In addition, the committee and school officials will seek input from parents, students, and teachers via a public forum.

If the committee decides to proceed with the modified calendar, a proposal will be made to the Board of Trustees in December 2019 during the regularly called board meeting.

Oxford is the Eighth District of Innovation in the state, joining Corinth, Gulfport, Vicksburg-Warren, Grenada, Baldwyn, Booneville, and Hinds County.

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