As part of the state’s “Return to Learn” plan, the School Board on Monday approved amending next year’s calendar. Given the challenges of this pandemic, the “Return to Learn” task force that is developing recommendations looked at how the calendar could support student learning gaps and high school credit recovery. Here are the major dates of the amended calendar:
July 27-31—High School Summer School
August 3-7—Jump Start for Elementary/Middle School
August 12—First in-service day for the school year.
August 17—First day of school for students.
October 14—End of first quarter
October 15-16—Make-up days for disruption, required learning days for students that are behind with additional compensation for working teachers, or fall break.
December 22—End of first semester
January 4-15— Possible J-term for high school
February 15—President’s Day, possible make-up day
March 9—End of third quarter
March 10-12— Make-up days for disruption, required learning days for students that are behind with additional compensation for working teachers, or extension of spring break.
March 13-21—Spring Break
June 2—Last day for students
June 3—Last day for teachers
June 14-25—Summer School
This calendar gives much more flexibility for make-up days. It also creates multiple opportunities both inside and outside of the 180 student contact days to address student learning gaps and credit recovery options.
The amended calendar is posted on the district website.
The next major question is how will school start on August 17. If the school district can meet the Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines, we would like to have all students onsite following established sanitation procedures. However, the school district is preparing for online learning options as well as a hybrid model of online with onsite learning. Unfortunately, everything is so fluid it this point that we will probably not receive final guidance until late July or early August.
I will be posting regularly to give you the most accurate and up to date information.