Jefferson City Public Schools

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Revised 2015-16 Calendar  
 
 
**The 2015-2016 calendar was revised by the Board of Education at their July 13, 2015 meeting. There needed to be an additional Professional Development Day scheduled for teachers during the school year; therefore, the March 4th Professional Development Day was added to the originally approved calendar. This pushed the last day of school back by one day to May 19, 2016. The Board of Education approved the original 2015-2016 calendar at their December 8, 2014 meeting. The draft calendar was first presented to the Board at the November 10, 2014 meeting.
 
 
2015-2016 Calendar Rationale

AUGUST 20: School Starts
  • School begins on a Thursday, allowing staff to have three full professional development days prior to students arriving. The two-day week also allows students to settle in and staff to perform general “housekeeping” tasks with their classes. Some people might consider this an “early” start to the school year, but it allows for school to end prior to Memorial Day (if the weather cooperates).
SEPTEMBER 7: Labor Day (no school)

OCTOBER 9: Professional Development Day (no school of students)
  • This is the only full-day professional development day during the fall semester. The day will be primarily used for staff to study the latest student achievement/MAP Test data. Last year, this day was held on Columbus Day to match a State Holiday. However, to coordinate schedules with other high schools across the state, JCHS historically holds their annual “College Night” on this date. With school not in session on this day in 2014, student attendance at the College Night event suffered.
OCTOBER 21: Early Release Day
  • In a change from recent years, JCPS will now hold early release days instead of late start days. This means schools will dismiss two hours earlier than normal to allow staff to work collaboratively on things such as curriculum, student data and professional development.
OCTOBER 30: Staff Compensation Day (no school)
  • Staff will have worked two parent-teacher conference nights. This day is contractual compensation for those added hours.
NOVEMBER 18: Early Release Day
  • In a change from recent years, JCPS will now hold early release days instead of late start days. This means schools will dismiss two hours earlier than normal to allow staff to work collaboratively on things such as curriculum, student data and professional development.
NOVEMBER 25-27: Thanksgiving Break (no school)
  • Surveys of both families and staff show that the traditional Wed-Fri break is preferred.
DECEMBER 22: Last Day before Break – 3-Hour Early Release for Students & Staff
  • Schools will dismiss three hours earlier than normal on this last day before the Christmas/Holiday break.
DECEMBER 23 – JANUARY 1: Christmas/Winter Break (no school)

JANUARY 4: Professional Development Day (no school for students)
  • This is one of two full-day professional development days during the spring semester. District professional development coordinators indicated having this day as early as possible during the spring semester to allow for ample prep for the April MAP testing dates was ideal. This also extends the Christmas/Holiday Break for families.
JANUARY 13: Early Release Day
  • In a change from recent years, JCPS will now hold early release days instead of late start days. This means schools will dismiss two hours earlier than normal to allow staff to work collaboratively on things such as curriculum, student data and professional development.
JANUARY 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no school)

FEBRUARY 12: Staff Compensation Day (no school)
  • Staff will have worked two parent-teacher conference nights. This day is contractual compensation for those added hours. This date was chosen as to provide students and staff a potential 4-day weekend.
FEBRUARY 15: Presidents’ Day (no school)
  • Should the District incur a loss of one school day due to inclement weather BEFORE JANUARY 8TH, PRESIDENTS’ DAY will be used as weather make-up day (school will be in session).

MARCH 4: Professional Development Day (no school for students)

  • This is the second of two full-day professional development days during the spring semester.
MARCH 9: Early Release Day
  • In a change from recent years, JCPS will now hold early release days instead of late start days. This means schools will dismiss two hours earlier than normal to allow staff to work collaboratively on things such as curriculum, student data and professional development.
MARCH 24 – 28: Fixed Spring Break (No school – Easter Weekend)
  • An increasing number of staff and families indicated that a shorter Spring Break, as opposed to a full five (5) days, is preferred, specifically to combat weather make-up days that can hinder the school year ending before Memorial Day.
MAY 19: Last Day of School – 3-Hour Early Release for Students (depending on use of weather make-up days)
  • Families and staff both indicated that ending school before Memorial Day was of the highest importance. Schools will dismiss three hours earlier than normal on this last day of school. Staff will work the remainder of the school day.
WEATHER MAKE-UP DAYS:
  • If the District only has one (1) snow day before the January 8th cut off date, SCHOOL WILL BE IN SESSION ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY.
  • All other make-up days will be placed at the end of the school year to be used in this order: May 23, 24, 25 & 26. The committee notes that the likelihood of returning to school after Memorial Day is very low.