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DeKalb Schools 2020-2021 Approved Calendar

Marshall Orson and I pushed for a later start date to no avail. School will start next year on Aug 3, 2020. We’ll have a balanced calendar and numerous holidays. The administration relied heavily on the advice of the committee and results of the survey. The rest of the board relied heavily on the administration.

SUMMARY
The 2020-2022 Calendar Committee included representation from the following stakeholder groups: parents, students, school-level staff, principals, district-level staff, and community/business partners.

The Calendar Committee developed calendar options by considering the number of days per year, number of days per semester, inclement weather/emergency days, testing windows, spring breaks, holidays, school breaks, and other metro area school districts’ calendars. Stakeholders provided input through an online survey that opened October 21, 2019 and closed October 30, 2019. The committee members analyzed the responses and comments received from 30,510 respondents before preparing the final calendar recommendations.


Points of Interest
The 2020-2022 school calendars contain the following features:
• Balanced Calendar – 90 instructional days each semester
• 5 identified inclement weather days each semester (10 total per year)

Calendars
 2020-2021 Approved Calendar
 2021-2022 Approved Calendar
 2019-2020 Calendar
 2018-2019 Calendar
2017-2018  Calendar
2016-2017  Calendar
2015-2016  Calendar

DeKalb Schools 2020 – 2022 Calendar

DeKalb Schools Calendar 2020-2021 2021-2022
Pre-planning Jul 27 – Jul 31, 2020 Jul 26 – Jul 30, 2020
First day of school Aug 3, 2020 Aug 2, 2020
Labor Day Sept 7, 2020 Sept 6, 2020
Fall Break (Including Columbus Day) Oct 8 – Oct 12, 2020 Oct 7 – Oct 11, 2020
Election Day/Teacher’s Workday Nov 3, 2020 Nov 2, 2020
Thanksgiving Break Nov 23 – Nov 27, 2020 Nov 22 – Nov 26, 2020
Last day of 1st semester Dec 18, 2020 Dec 17, 2020
Winter Break Dec 21 – Jan 1, 2021 Dec 20 – Dec 31, 2020
Post planning 1st semester/ Pre-planning 2nd semester Jan 4, 2021 Jan 3, 2021
First day of 2nd semester Jan 5, 2021 Jan 4, 2021
Martin L. King Day Jan 18, 2021 Jan 17, 2021
Feb Break (Including President’s Day) Feb 12 – Feb 15, 2021 Feb 18 – Feb 21, 2021
Professional Learning Day Mar 12, 2021 Mar 11, 2021
Spring Break April 5 – April 9, 2021 April 4 – April 8, 2021
Last day of school May 21, 2021 May 20, 2021
Post planning May 24, 2021 May 23, 2021
Memorial Day May 31, 2021 May 30, 2021

DeKalb Schools Proposed 2020-2021 Calendar

RELATED POSTS

Proposed Calendars
November 3, 2019 – On Monday DeKalb Schools administration is recommending approving the school calendars for the next two school years. It looks like the community and administration favor an early start and balanced calendar.

Calendar Poll
October 21, 2019 – Please complete this poll on the DeKalb Schools Calendar Attributes so I can better understand where the majority of the community stands.

2020-2021 Calendar Options
October 21, 2019 – Look at the calendar options and what the other Metro Atlanta school districts are doing. Let me know your thoughts about the Start Date, Balanced Calendar and Early Release days.

DeKalb Schools Calendar Update
October 18, 2019 – The Office of Accountability is preparing to release the survey any day now. The final recommendation should be on the Board of Education agenda for approval Nov 4, 2019.

DeKalb Schools 2020-2021 Calendar

On Monday DeKalb Schools administration is recommending approving the school calendars for the next two school years.

SUMMARY
The 2020-2022 Calendar Committee included representation from the following stakeholder groups: parents, students, school-level staff, principals, district-level staff, and community/business partners.

The Calendar Committee developed calendar options by considering the number of days per year, number of days per semester, inclement weather/emergency days, testing windows, spring breaks, holidays, school breaks, and other metro area school districts’ calendars. Stakeholders provided input through an online survey that opened October 21, 2019 and closed October 30, 2019. The committee members analyzed the responses and comments received from 30,510 respondents before preparing the final calendar recommendations.

PROPOSED CALENDARS
 2020-2021 Proposed Calendar
 2021-2022 Proposed Calendar

Comment here with your thoughts or join the Facebook Conversation.

ATTRIBUTES
The 2020-2022 school calendars contain the following features:

  • 180 days of instruction – 90 instructional days in first semester and 90 instructional days in second semester
  • First day of school for students – Monday during the first week of August
  • 190 teacher-contract days including one evening workday comprised of four conference nights during the year as scheduled by each local school (Each conference night is two hours.)
  • 5 teacher workdays before the first day of school
  • Holidays – Labor Day, Columbus Day, Martin L. King Day, and President’s Day
  • October Fall Break ­
  • Thanksgiving Break – one full week
  • Conclude first semester prior to winter break
  • One day in January for post planning/pre-planning
  • February Winter Break
  • One Professional Development Day in March
  • 5 inclement weather days each semester
  • Spring Break – one week in April
  • Early release days on the last day of first semester and second semester
  • Last day of school for students – third week of May
  • Post planning second semester – fourth week of May

PROPOSED 2020-2021 CALENDAR

DeKalb Schools Proposed 2020-2021 Calendar

DEKALB SCHOOLS SURVEY RESULTS
Given the two options, By and large, the DeKalb Community wants an early start date and a balanced calendar. In talking to parents across the county, there are many communities that find Summer Break to be way too long. The education establishment is also concerned about the Summer Slide.

FACTCHECKER SURVEY RESULTS
The community that reads and comments on this blog, generally speaking, does not want an early start date and is not as concerned about a balanced calendar.

METRO AREA CALENDARS

  Comparison – All Metro Area Calendars

Atlanta Metro Area Calendars

Atlanta Metro Area Calendars

RELATED POSTS

Calendar Poll
October 21, 2019 – Please complete this poll on the DeKalb Schools Calendar Attributes so I can better understand where the majority of the community stands.

2020-2021 Calendar Options
October 21, 2019 – Look at the calendar options and what the other Metro Atlanta school districts are doing. Let me know your thoughts about the Start Date, Balanced Calendar and Early Release days.

DeKalb Schools Calendar Update
October 18, 2019 – The Office of Accountability is preparing to release the survey any day now. The final recommendation should be on the Board of Education agenda for approval Nov 4, 2019.

PRIOR YEARS CALENDARS

2018-2020  Calendars
2019-2020 Calendar
2018-2019 Calendar
2017-2018  Calendar
2016-2017  Calendar
2015-2016  Calendar