McDuffie County students will get to leave their classrooms early Monday so teachers can go to school.
The school system will have an early release day for students on Nov. 22, in order to conduct professional development for the instructional staff of all schools.
The school board approved the early release date, which was recommended by principals, so teachers could attend training sessions related to the new Georgia Performance Standards.
"This is the first year of the review of the new Georgia Performance Standards. The half day session is needed to redeliver the intensive GPS training and implementation schedule to all teachers," said Assistant Superintendent Kathryn Collins.
School administrators and selected teachers have attended training sessions within the state related to the rollout of the new GPS standards, and will redeliver the information to teachers and other staff.
Students will be released from school Nov. 22 at 12:30 p.m., which is after lunch. Buses will run regular schedules at that time.
The 21st Century Program will open at 12:30 p.m. and will close at its regularly scheduled time. The following day, Tuesday, Nov. 23, is a regular school day and students will attend school as scheduled, according to a news release from the school system.
The GPS is a result of months of work by teams of teachers and other experts who looked at standards from high performing states like Texas and North Carolina.
The rollout for the GPS is scheduled for K-12 English/language arts, 9-12 science, grade 6 math and grades 6 and 7 science, according to information from the school board planning meeting Nov. 10.
The state's curriculum must specify what students are expected to know in each subject and grade. In addition, the state's standardized tests, the Criterion Referenced Competency Test, CRCT, for grades 1 -- 8 and the Georgia High School Graduation Test, GHSGT, for grade 11 must be aligned with the curriculum.