School Calendar 2013/2014 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 two 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 has an earlier start (August 14) and ends the semester at Winter Break.
• Option 2 has a slightly later start (August 20) and ends the semester after Winter Break.
• Option 3 starts later (August 27), first semester ends at the end of January, and school ends the first week of June.
• The last option starts the year after Labor Day (September 3), first semester ends at the end of January, and school ends the second week of June.
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 11th, 2013. 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?
Last year, 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 past two school years have had five half-days designated for school improvement. 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.
Link to Calendar Survey
Please feel free to provide feedback on your calendar of choice