Schools To Choose Calendars For 2020-2021

Information about Extended Learning Time Plans

 Schools have the choice of a traditional calendar or two extended learning plans that add 10 days to the 2020-2021 school year.

The two extended learning time (ELT) calendars add 10 days to the school year as well as additional hours for staff professional development:

  1. Extended Learning Plan A adds 5 days to the beginning and 5 days to the end of the school year.
  2. Extended Learning Plan B is a year-round calendar with several breaks throughout the

Schools will begin reviewing the three options when they return from winter break, seeking input from students, staff, families, and their communities. They will need to decide which calendar works best for them by mid-February.

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Why Extend the School Year?

 When lawmakers passed and the governor signed a bill earlier this year providing more public education funding, they specifically earmarked two initiatives for the state’s 89 school districts. One of those initiatives, the Extended Learning Time Program, adds 10 days of learning to the school year.

How Does Extended Learning Help Students? 

  • Research shows that more time in the classroom can boost student achievement and help students retain more of what they learn over the
  • More time in school means more access to resources including hot meals, counselors, nurses and social and community
  • Schools can personalize the school day to meet the needs of their students, incorporating innovation, enrichment, and extra
  • Extended learning plans include after-school programs for


  • The 80 hours of required PD in the Extended School Year calendars will be divided up between 31.5 hours of PD that is already scheduled within the duty day (ie: the days at the beginning of the year) and an additional 48.5 hours scheduled throughout the year.

o All staff at ELT schools will be paid based on a 6.75 duty day, in order to avoid timesheets for the required additional PD time.

  • The schedule for 80-hours of professional development will be developed through the instructional council and is able to be used flexibly throughout the
  • For example, if a staff chooses to add 2 hours of PD one week, followed up by 6 hours of collaborative action research utilizing what they learned, that could equal 8 of the 80 hours over a month of
  • The Instructional Council at each site will be responsible for working with the staff in order to come to consensus about how the instructional and professional development time is designed.
  • The PD should be connected to the theme/purpose of the additional instructional days.
  • All employees who work at ELT schools are compensated for the additional days and hours at their regular rate of


(Please note that this is a fluid timeline that is subject to change.)

  • January 9th: Principals will meet and bring back a PowerPoint to present to staff. The instructional Council will work with the staff and community to brainstorm how the additional time could be best designed incorporating innovation, enrichment, and extra help. These are just a few examples to begin the conversation:
    • HS – Building community, upper grades mentoring younger students
    • ES – Whole school home visits
    • Activities that embed Social Emotional Learning, Culturally and Linguistically responsive instruction,
    • Creativity camps that include music, art, dance, cooperative play
    • Science focused project-based learning
    • Community gardening
    • Civics education and includes Community Service and Service Learning Projects, Beautification projects on school grounds (murals, gardens, etc.), School-wide Student Government, Culture projects, School Exchanges
    • MS – Review of previous year’s standards for successful transition
    • School-wide cross-curricular projects
  • January – Mid-February: Schools review calendar options through their Instructional Councils, parent organizations, staff meetings, and community meetings. Staff and families will vote for calendar options.
    • The preferred calendar option for each school site is based on a simple majority of those who vote (As per APS procedural directive a simple majority is 50%+1).
  • February 12th: schools will submit their choices on the ELTP

All APS schools are eligible to submit an Extended Learning Time Plan.

  • The number of sites funded is dependent on state
  • Sites with a greater consensus among staff and between staff and community will receive priority

Summer options: The programs listed below are available for schools on a traditional calendar and schools on Extended Learning Time Plan A.

  • Elementary K5 Plus
  • Elementary Summer Learning Adventure
  • Middle School Wild Adventure
  • High School Summer School

Note: APS is holding 3 voluntary meetings at the Berna Facio building for interested Instructional Councils. Monday, 1/13 from 8-9 or from 4-5 and Wednesday, 1/15 from 3-4.