A TALE OF 3 CALENDARS

A Tale of 3 Calendars

During the 2019 legislative session, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill funding an extended school year. This was done in late Spring after school budgets were due and there was little time to implement the initiative at the district level.

State funding for the Extended Learning Time Program (ELTP) still exists and the state is encouraging districts to use it. APS has submitted a grant proposal listing all elementary and middle schools as possible participants in an extended school year.  It is important to note that the grant proposal has been submitted, but not yet approved. At this time, we do not know if APS will receive these funds or how schools will be chosen to participate.

In anticipation of receiving funding for the extended school year, the APS calendar committee developed 3 calendars:

–       The traditional calendar (184 duty days)

  • The first day of school for high schools would be on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.
  • The last day of school for high schools would be Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

–       A frontloaded calendar with 10 days added to the beginning of the traditional calendar year

  • The first day of school would be Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
  • The last day of school would be on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

–     A 5/5 calendar with five days added to the beginning and five days added at the end of the traditional calendar

  • The first day of school would be Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.
  • The last day of school would be Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

All breaks and holidays are the same for all proposed calendars, including fall, winter, and spring break.

We asked for members’ input on these calendar proposals and APS posted a Facebook survey to allow the community to weigh in. The feedback was clear: if we must participate in ELTP, we prefer the 5/5 calendar.

Most respondents had questions and comments. A common comment was, “Show me the research that suggests adding instructional time will help my students.” Other comments focused on whether or not the district would provide reasonable teaching conditions during the hottest part of the year, “How will I be able to teach in July without a functioning cooler?” We took your input to the calendar committee and we are awaiting new information.

Your union will continue to add our collective concerns to the debate.

 

Calendar Proposal 1 Year At-A-Glance (ELTP-10 days up front)
Date Description
July 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 2020 Student registration, professional development days, and preparation days
July 29, 2020 First Day of School
Sept. 7 Labor Day 
Oct. 8-9 Fall Break 
Nov. 3 Election Day 
Nov. 11 Veterans Day
Nov. 23-24 Elementary & Middle School Conferences
Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 21-Jan. 1, 2021 Winter Break
Jan. 4, 2021 Professional Development Day (staff only)
Jan. 5, 2021 First Day of the Second Semester
Jan. 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 15 President’s Day
March 18-19 Elementary, Middle & High School Conferences 
March 22-26 Spring Break
April 2 Vernal Holiday
May 22, 2020 Last Day of School
May 31 Memorial Day
May 26-28 and June 1 Weather Make-Up Days
 

 

 

Calendar Proposal 2 Year At-A-Glance (ELTP 5 days before and 5 days after)
Date Description
July 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 3, 4, 2021 Student registration, professional development days, and preparation days
Aug. 5, 2021 First Day of School
Sept. 7 Labor Day 
Oct. 8-9 Fall Break 
Nov. 3 Election Day 
Nov. 11 Veterans Day
Nov. 23-24 Elementary & Middle School Conferences
Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 21-Jan. 1, 2021 Winter Break
Jan. 4, 2021 Professional Development  (staff only)
Jan. 5, 2021 First Day of the Second Semester
Jan. 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 15 President’s Day
March 18-19 Elementary, Middle & High School Conferences 
March 22-26 Spring Break
April 2 Vernal Holiday
May 31 Memorial Day
June 2, 2021 Last Day of School
June 3, 4, 5 and 7 Weather Make-Up Days