Schools to close for fall break

COVINGTON - Students in Newton County are preparing for what soon will be an extended fall break.

Starting Friday, students and teachers in the Newton County School System will be on holiday until Oct. 19.

On Friday, students and teachers will not report to schools for what is now an employee furlough day, as requested earlier this year by state officials looking for ways to cut school system budgets to make up for a shortfall. Originally, Friday was scheduled as a teacher workday.

After the furlough day, students and teachers will continue on school holiday for fall break, which is scheduled for Oct. 12-16. Schools will be closed during this time, but the NCSS central office on Newton Drive will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the week.

Due to fall break being scheduled for the second week of October, when the Newton County Board of Education normally meets for a monthly work session, the school board has altered its meeting schedule for the month of October. The board will meet for its monthly work session on Oct. 20 and for its monthly regular session meeting on Oct. 27. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Newton County BOE building, which is located at 2109 Newton Drive N.E. in Covington.

Newton County students and staff will report back to their schools and offices on Oct. 19, when schools will reopen to continue the remainder of the 2009-10 school year.

The next student holiday for NCSS is Nov. 20 for early dismissal, when school and system staff will attend district-wide professional learning. Schools and system offices then will close Nov. 23-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday break.