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