July 25th, 2013
Four public forums in October will give parents and community members their first opportunity to weigh in on proposed changes to the calendar at Champlain Valley schools.
Forum dates are set for Oct. 2, 3, 9 and 10. Locations and times have not yet been finalized.
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 year into seven-week cycles, with breaks lasting longer than a week in between.
Calendar 2.0 is intended to break the school year down, giving teachers and students more time to recharge and students who need help more chances for intervention. Teachers say it will also help with summer break regression.
The Calendar 2.0 Sub-Committee—comprised of members of the Champlain Valley Superintendent’s Association—has been meeting throughout the summer to research the proposed changes, gather feedback and meet with educational partners.
The superintendent’s association began looking into potential calendar changes two years ago. It first shared Calendar 2.0 with the Chittenden South Supervisory Union School Board in April.
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.