DCSD Calendar Survey is ready

In accordance with Policy AEA, the 2014-2015 Calendar Committee is charged with developing calendar options and submitting a calendar recommendation to the Superintendent. Superintendent Michael Thurmond will make a recommendation to the DeKalb County Board of Education on February 3, 2014.

The Calendar Committee is focusing on a traditional calendar option for the following reasons:

  • To remain focused on enhancing instructional programs while addressing the AdvancED/SACS’ recommendations to ensure continuous improvement and long-term sustainability;
  • To address indicators that impact student achievement as outlined within The Bridge Initiative; and
  • To align the District’s calendar with other similarly sized districts in close geographic proximity.

The DeKalb County School District’s Calendar Committee is exploring two similar calendar options. Both calendars include the following attributes:

  • 180 days of instruction – 88 in first semester, 92 in second semester
  • 190 teacher days including one evening workday comprised of parent-teacher conferences (2 per semester)
  • 5 teacher workdays before the first day of school
  • Holidays for all – Labor Day, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day, and President’s Day
  • Thanksgiving break – November 24-28, 2014
  • Winter break – December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015
  • Post planning 1st semester/Pre-planning 2nd semester – January 5, 2015
  • First day of 2nd semester – January 6, 2015
  • Spring Break – April 6 – 10, 2015 (coincides with most metro area districts)
  • Last day of school for students – May 22, 2015
  • Post planning 2nd semester – May 26-27, 2015

The major differences between the two calendar options are pre-planning days for teachers and the first day of school for students. One calendar option begins the school year with pre-planning for teachers on Monday, August 4, 2014, and the first day of school for students on Monday, August 11, 2014.

*The other calendar option begins the school year with pre-planning for the teachers on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, and the first day of school for students on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

*NOTE: The earlier start date provides the flexibility to include a fall mini break (3 weekdays and 2 weekend days). Although there are several possibilities for the fall mini break, the committee will consider the testing schedules.

Please complete the short survey about the calendar options. The survey link will expire at noon this Wednesday, January 29th. This is not a vote but rather an opportunity to receive input from the community and stakeholders. In order to ensure that your responses are recorded, select the DONE button at the end of the survey. Please complete the survey only once. Thank you in advance for providing valuable feedback.

Open Survey link here >> https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCSDCalendarinput20142015

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6 Responses to DCSD Calendar Survey is ready

  1. Concerned DeKalb Mom says:

    Seasoned DeKalb parents correct me if necessary…but a 4-day difference in semesters seems to have a HUGE impact, in particular, on the high schools on a 4×4 block schedule. High School A may offer the same course first semester as what High School B offers in the 2nd semester…but 4 extra instructional days amounts to, by my judgement, almost 2 weeks of “traditional” 7-period instruction. And both courses would be responsible for the same material?

  2. Fred in DeKalb says:

    If the final calendar keeps 180 days of instruction along with 190 teacher days, it will be a step in the right direction. This would restore income lost due to furlough days.

    I know many teachers that were frustrated with the late change to the calendar last year. Several that I spoke with like the idea of mini breaks throughout the year, both for them and the students.

    Whatever the final decision, I hope teachers ensure their voices and wishes are heard.

  3. disenchantedindekalb says:

    I know all Dekalb students made it home safe. However, there are several principals and teachers that were not as fortunate. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

  4. howdy1942 says:

    disenchantedindekalb – could you be more specific? I sincerely hope and pray that none of our teachers and principals or any other member of the DCSS staff were involved in accidents or injured in any way. I don’t understand why classes were not cancelled yesterday. There were warnings. I listened to the 5:00 a.m. news on NPR and learned that New Orleans and Houston were paralyzed by sleet and ice and that it was moving across the Southeast. I listened to Joanne Feldman on Fox 5 news at 4:30 a.m. and she said that the probability has increased significantly of the storm moving well north of its path projected path.

  5. DisenchantedinDK says:

    I don’t know of any accidents but I do know of employees that had to seek shelter in stores and only arrived home this afternoon. The metro school systems seriously miscalculated this one. I for one, have learned my lesson. I will make better decisions for my family.

  6. concerned citizen says:

    You simply cannot rely on DeKalb admin to do anything right ,let alone taking care of its children and teachers and many other employees. Once again, who are these people who flew off to San Diego? I guarantee you, no teacher got to go. Oh, no… that doesn’t happen in DeKalb. If I have to go in person to the Palace and find out what dollar amount and the names of the people who went, I will do it. I really believe the supt and F&F have finally crossed the line of decency and responsibility.

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