Southern Hancock Balanced Calendar Presentation. Calendar Committee. A committee of teachers, administrators, service directors, parents, and community members Formed at the request of district administration Southern Hancock and Mt. Vernon School districts are represented. Purpose.
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A committee of teachers, administrators, service directors, parents, and community members
Formed at the request of district administration
Southern Hancock and Mt. Vernon School districts are represented
To gather information, data, and public input regarding the adoption of a balanced calendar
The committee’s role is not to recommend or make decisions
District school boards must ultimately decide if and when to adopt this change
It is NOT “year-round” school
Maintains 180 days of instruction
Includes longer breaks at the end of grading periods (called intercessions)
Still includes summer vacation (7-8 weeks as opposed to the current 10 weeks)
Snow days can be built into the intercessions (no extended school years)
Indianapolis Public Schools (2011-2012)
Warren Township (Current School Year)
A balanced calendar would not be implemented any earlier than the school year beginning in August 2012.
Are we following the lead of other districts?
Common calendars allow for shared resources
If there is merit to what others are doing we must at least consider the benefits
Increased levels of learning retention (more frequent but shorter breaks help students retain content)
Absenteeism: Student and staff attendance rates increase (Warren Twp data)
Regular breaks allow for easier scheduling of appointments
Lessens the need for substitute staff (large cost savings)
Evidence for increased student retention?
Too early for Warren Twp to have accumulated quantitative data
Anecdotal evidence suggests improved school climate
Local daycare providers agree to adjust
Community groups can be involved in providing opportunities
YMCA has agreed to explore joint efforts with school districts to provide daycare alternatives
Use of Intercession times?
No funding is available at this time for remediation
Fee based enrichment opportunities are a possibility
Heating & Cooling Costs?
It does cost more to cool than to heat
Overall, the savings/increases are minimal
Loss of summer vacation time?
There are 2-4 weeks less of the traditional summer vacation
The majority of families take their vacations during this time
Students who work summers will be impacted
How many student workers are seasonal vs. part-time?
Extra and Co-Curriculars?
Teams practice during vacations already
A “moratorium week” could be scheduled for spring intercession (no scheduled events over week #2)
Warren Twp athletic calendar has been minimally impacted. Teams/groups have adjusted
Schools are not responsible for travel/club team calendars
Athletics are important but they cannot drive any educational decisions that our districts make