Survey seeks feedback on Roaring Fork school calendar
A plan to delay the start of the 2017-18 school year in the Roaring Fork School District is being put to the public for feedback via an online comment form that will be open through Jan. 4.
The district is weighing a two-week delayed start next school year in an effort to minimize the adverse impacts on students and staff from both the Grand Avenue bridge closure and major construction on school facilities throughout the district.
Instead of the usual Aug. 23 start, the first day of school would be pushed until after the Labor Day holiday weekend on Sept. 5. As a result, the school year would not end until June 14, 2018.
Other midyear calendar changes are also being proposed in conjunction with the delayed start.
“We know that there will be significant transportation impacts to everyone driving through and around Glenwood Springs during the (bridge) closure,” according to a district news release.
The bridge closure will result in a 95-day detour of Colorado 82 traffic starting Aug. 14 of next year. The detour route will go from Interstate 70 Exit 114 along Midland Avenue and Eighth Street back to Grand Avenue.
“Roaring Fork Schools has been working closely with the Colorado Department of Transportation and the city of Glenwood Springs to plan for these impacts,” the district’s release stated. “CDOT supports the proposed school delay, because it will allow more time for all commuters to adjust to the closure without school traffic, as well as more time for the district to study the traffic impact and adapt our transportation plans accordingly.”
The proposed delay will also give the school district extra time to adjust for school construction that will be wrapping up in late August from Glenwood Springs to Basalt.
“Two extra weeks will ensure that schools are ready for students,” district officials said.
“We recognize that the proposed calendar changes have broad impacts, including summer schedules and activities, sports and other logistics,” the release said. “District staff are working to address these challenges and will share details as they are available.”
Comments on the proposal will be accepted until Jan. 4, and the school board is expected to take action on the calendar proposal later in January. The calendar changes and comment form can be found on the home page of the school district website at http://www.rfsd.k12.co.us under the “Featured” menu.