I don’t see the logic behind the proposal for the Fairfax County School Board to consider an alternate calendar for the 2016-17 if more than five days are missed due to inclement weather this year. This alternate calendar would start school on August 29. Either missing more than five days without any makeup days is a good idea or it is a bad idea. If it is a bad idea, why is the administration proposing that it would be fine and dandy to miss up to 12 days without a makeup day this year?
According to a press release from FCPS:
In the event that Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students miss five or more days of school this year due to inclement weather, the district could apply for a waiver to the Virginia Department of Education to begin the 2016-17 school year prior to Labor Day. Board members received a draft of a calendar that would reflect the pre-Labor Day start. The alternate calendar is not currently under consideration by the Fairfax County School Board. Any change in the proposed 2016-17 calendar that the School Board will consider at its business meeting on December 3 would require further School Board approval.
Here is the agenda item the school board will consider on December 3:
In developing the Standard School Calendar 2016-2017, staff sought feedback from various stakeholder groups, including the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council, the teacher associations, Fairfax County Council of PTAs, the principal associations, and the support employee associations. The agreed upon calendar includes an 11-Day Winter Break and Friday, June 23, 2016, as the last day of school for students.
In addition, we are posting a calendar that highlights what a Pre-Labor Day start would look like in the event of FCPS qualifying for a Pre-Labor Day start date from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). This calendar would be implemented if the following conditions occur:
- FCPS qualifies for the waiver from VDOE because of snow days and,
- The School Board chooses to amend the calendar, after said snow days occur.
- SY2016-2017 Standard School Calendar
|School Planning Day (First Day Back for Teachers)||August 26|
|First Day of School||September 6|
|School Planning Day||October 7|
|Two-hour Early Release||November 4|
|School Planning Day*||November 7|
|Teacher Workday||November 8|
|Two-hour Early Release||November 23|
|Thanksgiving Break||November 24-25|
|Two-hour Early Release||December 16|
|Winter Break||December 19-January 2|
|Two-hour Early Release||February 3|
|Teacher Workday||February 6|
|Staff Development Day||March 24|
|Spring Break||April 10-14|
|Two-hour Early Release||April 27|
|Teacher Workday||April 28|
|Last Day of School||June 23|
Days Missed: Make-up Days:
Up to 11 No make-up required
12 No make-up required
13 April 28
14 No make-up required
That the School Board approve the 2016-2017 Standard School Year Calendar, as detailed in the agenda item.
Board members proposed motions:
- Motion to move the Student Holiday on Friday, January 20th (Inauguration Day) to November 11th (Veterans Day), the Quarter End from Friday, November 4th to Monday, November 7th and the School Planning Day from Monday, November 7th to Monday, November 28th. (Elizabeth Schultz, Megan McLaughlin)
- Motion to move the two-hour early release indicated for Friday, December 16th (Winter Break) to Friday, May 26th (Memorial Day). (Elizabeth Schultz)