With the start of the school year quickly approaching, parents with children
who are too young for school often don't realize that the school calendar
plays a big role in their possession schedule. Possession schedules and
school calendars often go hand-in-hand. For instance, under a typical
standard possession schedule, the parent who has possession of the child
for Thanksgiving will get the child at 6:00 p.m. on the day school releases
for the Thanksgiving holiday until 6:00 p.m. the day before school resumes
after the holiday. It is important for both parents to know what day school
lets out as that can greatly affect the amount of possession the parent
has over Thanksgiving. Some school districts dismiss class on the Friday
before Thanksgiving while others dismiss school the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Not knowing when school releases could cost you several days of possession.
School calendars also affect more than just holiday possession. In a standard
possession order, extended summer possession also has a provision that
directly relates to the end of the school year as well as the beginning
of the next school year.
It is important for every parent, regardless of the child's age, to
have a copy of their local school calendar each year and make note of
important dates. It is also important to note early dismissal times, because
if your visitation begins at the time school dismisses and it is early
release day, you may have to make additional arrangements for your child
or leave work earlier.
Most school districts post their school calendars on the school website
several months before school begins. You will want to get a copy of the
school calendar for the school your child attends or
would attend if they were school age, so you can notate important dates that relate
to your particular possession schedule and prepared well in advance. If
you have children in school, it is important to get a copy of the school
calendar and maintain contact with the school in case there are any changes
made after the calendar comes out.
For your convenience, here are links to several local school districts’
calendars in and around Denton and Collin Counties: