School Calendar 2014/2015 Explanation/Survey
1. How are the numbers of school days determined?
The guidelines are set forth by the State of Illinois to include a total of 185 days. Of that total, 176 are required student attendance days. But also include:
5 emergency days
2 full days of Parent/Teacher Conferences
2 full days of teacher institute
5 half days for school improvement
170 regular school days
2. How are the options different?
Two issues that are typically a concern in developing a calendar are when the school year starts and when first semester ends. The past several years we have ended the semester at Winter Break. Ending the semester at Winter Break requires starting earlier in the year. We have developed four options for a potential calendar for next year.
• Option 1 – Earlier start (Aug 13), 1st semester ends at Winter break, and the last day of school is May 21st.
• Option 2 - Slightly later start (Aug 19), includes a Fall Break, no school the day before Thanksgiving, 1st Semester ends after Winter Break (Jan. 16), and the last day of school is June 3rd.
• Option 3 – School starts Aug. 26th, no school the day before Thanksgiving, 1st Semester ends after Winter Break (Jan 16), and June 4th is the last day of school.
• Option 4 – School starts after Labor Day (Sept 3), no school the day before Thanksgiving, 1st Semester ends after Winter Break (Jan 23), and June 11th is the last day of school.
3. Can revisions be made to the proposed calendar?
Yes, the committee will look at the results and feedback from the survey. Based on that feedback, the committee may adjust the final calendar that will be presented to the school board on Monday, February 10th, 2014. The Board will review the recommendation and vote on final approval at that time.
4. Why is the first day and last day a full day now?
The Illinois state legislature passed a law that required the first and last day to be at least five hours. This eliminated having those days be one hour or a half-day. The day must be at least five clock hours in length.
5. Why are parent teacher conferences scheduled in February and not at the end of the 3rd Quarter?
Parent/Teacher conferences were moved to give students ample opportunity to review goal setting, provide adequate time for students who may require interventions before the end of the school year, and to give parents/guardians information on student progress earlier.
6. How is the number of half-days for school improvement determined?
The district has had five half-days designated for school improvement in previous years. The proposed calendar again has five half-days, which will allow time for both grade level/subject meetings, and time to work on district initiatives. The days are spaced on the calendar, so as to reduce interruptions and remain on Wednesdays, which is the normal early release day.