D51 Calendar Committee presents recommendations

Board will adopt 2019-20 calendar by March
Posted on 01/23/2019

Grand Junction, CO – The District 51 Calendar Committee capped five months of research; data
collection; discussion; and gathering input from parents, staff, students, and community members by presenting carefully considered calendar recommendations to the D51 School Board on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

The committee met 14 times between September 2018 and January 2019 to tackle three primary
topics the board asked them to address:
1. School day start times
2. Early Release Wednesdays at elementary schools
3. Fragmented or broken weeks for professional development, conferences, and work days

Based on studies, results in other districts, and feedback collected through five focus groups and a public survey taken by 6,505 people, the committee made the following recommendations for 2019-20:

1. That all schools start between 8:00 and 8:45 a.m., with middle and high schools starting between 8:00 and 8:20 and elementary schools starting no later than 8:45.

2. That Early Release move from Wednesdays to Fridays in 2019-20, with a proposed recommendation of eliminating Early Release in the future in a way that preserves teacher planning time.

3. That the calendar have fewer weeks with less than five school days. While the two calendar options proposed by the committee at times place student days off in different places, both options place more student days off in clusters, resulting in a dramatic decrease in fragmented weeks.

School Board members will take the recommendations into consideration and plan to adopt a 2019-20 calendar no later than March 2019.

Please note that the proposed calendars are DRAFTS. The Board of Education will formally adopt an official calendar in February or March. 

Materials & Exhibits
Exhibit A - Focus Group Poll Results
Exhibit B - Teacher & Principal Survey Results
Exhibit C - Support Staff & SSP Survey Results
Exhibit D - Community Survey Results
Exhibit E - Science on Sleep & Start Times
Exhibit F - Business Community Letter
Exhibit G - Review of a 4-day week
Exhibit H - Alternative option to Early Release
Exhibit I - 2019-20 Calendar Option A
Exhibit J - 2019-20 Calendar Option B

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