Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/23/2020 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: For Action: School Year Calendar for 2020/2021
ACPS Division Objective :
File Attachment:
Calendar Development PP 20-21.pptx
Summary: This calendar is the result of two joint City/County Calendar Committee meetings in November and December. The committee is comprised of teachers, AEA leadership, parents, and school and central office administrators.
A first draft of the calendar along with a survey was posted to the public in November. Survey participants were asked to rank their satisfaction with the proposed calendar on a scale of one to five with one indicating “very dissatisfied” and five indicating “very satisfied.” A total of 1200 responses were received with 92.2% of respondents scoring their satisfaction with the calendar at a score of three or higher. In addition to the ranking scale, survey participants were invited to give open suggestions for improvements to the calendar. Nearly twelve hundred comments were received. The most common themes that emerged from the written comments were satisfaction with the calendar draft, half-days being a challenge for parents, and the start of the school year seems to early. Respondents appreciate the length of winter break, the various clustered breaks, the PD and flex days. Respondents requested Federal Holidays off (ex. Veterans Day (Wednesday, November 11, 2020), George Washington’s birthday (Monday, February 15, 2021).

Survey results are attached. A link to the calendar development page can be found here.

Based on feedback from our recent calendar survey, we have made the following changes to the initial draft of the 2020-21 school year calendar:
• We moved the school-based PD day from Monday, March 1, to Monday, February 15, in observance of George Washington’s birthday (a Virginia state holiday); and
• We moved the teacher workday from Tuesday, March 2, to Monday, March 1.
Recommendation: Receive for approval.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jennifer Johnston - School Board Clerk
Signed By:
Debora Collins - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Dr. Matthew Haas - Superintendent