Official statement from DeKalb on calendar change:
After receiving more than 12,000 responses for input, the DeKalb Board of Education voted to approve the superintendent’s recommended 2013-14 calendar at its meeting Mondy. With it, the DeKalb County School District adopts a balanced calendar, and classes will begin for students on Aug. 5, 2013, and end on May 29, 2014.
The approved calendar includes 180 days of instruction for students and 190 teacher-contract days. The semesters are divided equally with 90 days of instruction for each.
One of the 10 teacher-contract days is comprised of four two-hour conference nights scheduled by each school during the year. With the balanced calendar, the first semester, including all final exams and End of Course Tests, will conclude prior to the winter break.
Based on feedback received, the spring break was moved to be in line with other metro-Atlanta districts. Spring break will be April 7-11, 2014. While the approved calendar has an earlier start date, it includes two additional weeks of vacation during the school year.
“We are grateful to our calendar committee for sharing their time and expertise to put this calendar together,” said Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson. “We must continue to challenge our students to achieve victory in every classroom, and this calendar will reduce the amount of time our children are away from our schools.”
The balanced calendar is used by other large urban school districts, including Indianapolis Public Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
The board’s vote does not include early release days, which will be an administrative decision.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog