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From the Superintendent

 

Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Colleagues & Parents,

Several districts in Kent County opted to have a “pre-Labor Day start” for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  The following are listed for your convenience.  Cedar Springs Public Schools (CSPS) is not part of the new/different Kent County start dates as our teacher contract was negotiated in 2013 for a period of 8 years.  Per current Michigan law, MCL 423.215, the teachers and district must agree on a calendar.  Our CSPS calendar is set until the expiration of the 8-year teacher contract that ends at the end of the 2021 school year.  Therefore, Cedar Springs Public Schools will begin school the Tuesday after Labor Day as it has for years.

There are a lot of variables that go into creating a calendar.  We try to align our efforts with Kent Intermediate School District, early and middle college offerings, and regional programming in West Michigan.  We do this to ensure Cedar Springs Public School students can experience all of the opportunities and resources our county has to offer.

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We are pleased to provide our school calendar for the 2017 – 2018 school year early so you may plan for the summer, fall and beyond.  Please note that although CSPS will not begin prior to Labor Day, other districts with programs students may attend do begin prior to Labor Day.  If that is the case, students will be expected to begin his/her respective program on the date the “host district” of the program begins.   For example, if a student attends KCTC or a program at the KISD, s/he will begin on August 21, 2017.  Transportation will be provided by CSPS.

  • We will begin the 2017 – 2018 school year on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
  • The first day of school will be a full day.
  • There are two full weeks of winter break.
  • There are 15 Early Release days scheduled.  Afternoons are designated for teacher professional development.  The Early Release days are all on Fridays.
  • All programs attended outside CSPS will begin on the dates listed above.
  • The last day of school is Friday, June 6, 2018.

For the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar, please visit www.csredhawks.org.  Thank you for your continued support of our great Cedar Springs Public Schools!

Sincerely,  Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public Schools

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