DeKalb parents are being asked for feedback on three calendars for the upcoming school year.
All three options have schools closing an hour early each Wednesday to enable teacher planning and development.
An APS administrator kindly sent me a note that the standard metro area spring break is the first full week in April (beginning on a Sunday), so the metro systems should have the break scheduled for April 8-12. In two of these options, DeKalb would have its break a week earlier.
Option A resembles the school calendar of nearby Decatur. School starts Aug. 1 and there are week-long breaks in October and Thanksgiving and then the winter break. In the second half of the year, there are week-long breaks in February and April with school ending May 29. The spring break is the week of April 8.
Option B starts school back on Monday, Aug. 6. There is a week off at Thanksgiving, 12 days over Christmas and a week in April. In this scenario, spring break begins April 1, which is a week earlier than most other systems. School ends on May 24. This option has extended weekend breaks in October and February.
Option C has students returning on Aug. 13 with a week off at Thanksgiving and two weeks at Christmas. Spring break also begins April 1, and classes end May 29.
According to the DeKalb web site:
Per Dr. Atkinson’s request, the Division of Curriculum and Instruction has convened a group of stakeholders to explore school calendar options for next year. The Calendar Committee includes parents, teachers, principals, district office staff, and community partners. The committee has worked together to present three calendar options to the DeKalb County School District community of stakeholders. The survey is designed to gather stakeholder input that will be used to inform our decision about school calendar.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog