2017 Calendar Proposal

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 4:36pm

What calendar is being proposed?

In an effort to extend learning in our secondary schools (middle/high), and add flexibility to the school calendar, the superintendent proposes the following 179 day calendar and bell schedule changes. This adds 15 minutes to the middle/high school day and pushes back the start and end time of our elementary schools by 10 minutes.

Some highlights of the proposed 179-day calendar for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • The calendar consists of three Professional Learning Days (included in the FCEA contract) and August 2, 2017 is designated “Teacher’s 1st Day.”

  • Start date for students will be August 10, 2017 which is the earliest the district can start the school year, per Florida Statute 100.42(4)(f)
    http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=1000-1099/1001/Sections/1001.42.html

  • Thanksgiving Break will be from November 20-24, 2017.

    • Should we have hurricane days requiring makeup, November 20-22 will be used.

  • Winter Break for students will be from December 22, 2017-January 5, 2018.

    • There will be a teacher work day on December 22, 2017 so Winter Break for teachers is December 25, 2017-January 5, 2018.

  • Spring Break will be from March 12-16, 2017.

  • Student’s last day is May 25, 2018.

  • The calendar can support three (3) hurricane makeup days.

  • 15 minutes of student contact time will be incorporated in the secondary school’s schedule.

    • To support the additional 15 minutes of student contact time at the secondary level for logistical and financial purposes, the elementary schools will have their start and end times moved back 10 minutes.

    • The secondary schools will have 15 minutes added at the end of the school day.
       

Extended Day plans are offered at our elementary schools.

Sites open at 6:45 am and close at 6:00 pm

Cost is $35/week for am or pm, $45/week for both

 

Why this proposed schedule?

Due to the need for make-up days this fall thanks to Hurricane Matthew, the District realized that the calendar did not take into account the need for flexibility so that we could make-up these days with minimal impact to students and families. The current calendar meets the minimum state requirements for the number of days in a school year, and at the middle school level, met the minimum number of minutes of instructional time required. To offset the days lost to hurricane mathew, the days had to come from teacher work days or from holidays.

 

District staff went to work, along with the Calendar Committee, of creating a new calendar that had built in the flexibility. Thanks to additional flexibility in the teacher contract, the district was able to expand the middle school/high school day by 15 minutes per day.

 

The next piece in the puzzle was arranging the bus schedule to accommodate the 15 minutes. Middle school start times simply cannot go any earlier so the extra time has to be added to the end of the day. Since we use the same busses and routes and divide them into two shifts, one for elementary and one for high/middle, if we move the end time at middle/high school, we also have to adjust the start/end times for our elementary schools by 10 minutes.

 

Other Options

A 180 day calendar will maintain these dates.

 

What if I have additional questions?
Contact your school principal or school board member. You can find their information on the Flagler Schools District website, www.flaglerschools.com.