Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Survey for the DeKalb 2010-11 school calendar

DeKalb County School System has posted two draft calendars–one for 2010-11 and one for 2011-12. Visit this link and then click to take the survey regarding the calendars by close of business Thursday, October 22, 2009.

From the DCSS Website -

The proposed calendars:
  • Include 180 student-contact days - the maximum number funded by the state
  • Include 189 teacher-contract days with the final day (Day 190) being comprised of four (2 hrs. each/2 per semester) conference nights during the year as scheduled by each local school
  • Include nine teacher workdays - three of which are dedicated to professional development to facilitate the meeting of requirements for annual professional learning
  • Closely mirror the calendars of some of our largest neighboring school districts
  • Take into account state-designated testing windows and dates
  • Conclude the First Semester before the Winter Break in December - which prevents students from returning from the break with Final Exams and End of Course Tests still ahead of them
  • Offer some form of break for students and teachers each month of the year (September - May)
  • Schedule a spring break during the first week in April, beginning on a Sunday. This spring break is scheduled in accordance with those of surrounding school systems
  • End the second semester prior to Memorial Day - which allows the district to offer a short break to both students and teachers prior to the start of summer school
Thanks to Cerebration at DeKalb School Watch for this item.

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