The Rockford Public School Board approved an earlier start to school next year.
The academic calendar will start August 17, 2016. The last day for students will be May 26, 2017.
A district spokesperson said, "For the last couple of years, students have finished finals during their first semester, before break -- instead of right after before. But the semesters are uneven as the calendar stands now. The first semester is shorter than second semester because finals were bumped into first semester. This calendar switch will give us a more even number of days in first versus second semester."
According to RPS 205's Twitter account, "The calendar has the same number of instructional days as the current year. We'll post a user-friendly calendar once finished."