August 22, 2013
Four public forums in October have been scheduled to gather parent and community input on proposed changes to the calendar at Champlain Valley schools.
The first forum is set for Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Essex High School, followed by an Oct. 3 forum at 6:30 p.m. at Bellows Free Academy–St. Albans. The third forum is scheduled for Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Burlington High School. The final forum will be held Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Champlain Valley Union High School.
The new calendar, called “Calendar 2.0” would start a week earlier in August and end a week later in June, and include more breaks. The number of school days—175—would stay the same. It would divide the school years into seven-week cycles, with breaks lasting longer than a week in between.
The proposed changes are intended to break the school year into more manageable sections, giving teachers and students a break and providing more opportunities for intervention among students who need extra help. They are based on the Vermont Superintendent’s Association Education Quality Framework and the VT World-Class Education Agenda.
If implemented, the calendar change would go into effect during the 2014-2015 school year and be applied at schools in Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin counties.
The forums will mark the public’s first chance to weigh in on the potential changes.
For more information on the proposed regional calendar, visit www.schoolcalendar2.blogspot.com.
—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff