2007-2008 Calendar Options
Balanced Calendar (Year Round School)
The number of days of education is not reduced, but is maintained at 180 regardless of which calendar is approved. With the "balanced" calendar, classes would begin mid July and continue to October when a two week "intersession" would take place. Winter break would begin earlier than usual in December and end earlier than usual in January. The last day of class would be in early June. Summer break is reduced by a month compared to the traditional calendar.
Our Calendar Suggestion
State law requires 180 student days per year. Because we go to school 30 minutes longer per day than state minimums, we are allowed to "stockpile" that time, to accumulate 13 days per year that can be missed with justification and not be made up. This was done so school systems that miss lots of days due to weather would not have to extend the school year significantly to make up the missed days. Williamson County Schools has requested that three of those stockpiled days be used for professional development and/or parent teacher conferences. We still have to account for 180 total days.
Optimally, we would have 88 days one semester and 89 the other. In the worst case, it is best to have no more than 5 days difference one way or the other for the sake of the one semester courses in high school, such as Government & Economics (required) as well as things like Psychology and Creative Writing. This gives us 86-91 as the other end of the spectrum.
Since the first semester is bracketed by summer and the winter break, the challenge is to fit the 86 days between those two events. One of the objectives of the "balanced calendar" is to allow at least a week long winter break. In order to accomplish this in 2007, we chose to put parent conferences outside the school day and use that as an instructional day. The Professional Development days for teachers are all included in the calendar in the second semester. Based on these conditions, the following calendar makes sense to us. We not only want the right number of days but quality instructional days as well.
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If it is necessary to have a professional development day during the first semester, we recomend a two day break for Thanksgiving and putting that day wherever it makes the most sense.
For second semester, there are many alternatives. One is as follows:
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