AMES—The Iowa Legislature passed a bill this week allowing school districts to resume classes no earlier than Aug. 23, 2015. The Ames Community School District is exploring calendar options that staff will take to the Board on April 13. Families planning August vacations should assume school will start the week of Aug. 23, with Aug. 26 or 27 being the most likely dates.

We thank families for their patience during this arduous process. In working out a final district calendar for 2015-16, administrators are exploring ways for semester-long classes to finish before Winter Break and for Spring Break to remain the usual third week in March. After the Board approves options, the district will send surveys to families and community members the week of April 13 to get input before finalizing the calendar.