Jefferson City Public Schools

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 2014-15 Student Calendar
 
 
 

2014-2105 Calendar

Rationale

 

August 14: School starts on a Thursday. 

This allows staff to have three full professional development days prior to students arriving.

The two-day week allows students to settle in and general housekeeping by staff.

This would be considered an “early” start to the school year by most people, but it allows for school to end prior to Memorial Day (if the weather cooperates).

September 1: Labor Day                                                                                                         

September 22: Professional Development Day (no school for students). This fall the district will have two full-day professional development days. The first, Sept. 22, will be primarily for staff to study newly provided student achievement data, the second PD day will include district-wide curriculum study and an opportunity to hear from Dr. Willard Daggett.

October 13: Professional Development Day (no school for students). This day was selected as it is a day that many state government employees are off for Columbus Day. It is important to sync days off with the community’s largest employer when possible (if it is not detrimental to student learning).

October 22: Late Start Day. Late starts allow staff to work collaboratively on such things as curriculum, student data, and professional development.

October 31: Staff Compensation Day. Staff will have worked two parent-teacher conference nights. This day is contractual compensation for those added hours.

November 19: Late Start Day. Late starts allow staff to work collaboratively on such things as curriculum, student data, and professional development. The Calendar Committee considered matching the Late Start day with Veterans Day (November 11), but determined it would negatively impact student learning (all schools host Veterans’ Day assemblies on that date, and that, combined with a late start would mean that most of the day would be taken away for non-classroom activities).

November 26-28: Surveys of both parents and staff show that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a desirable day to be out of school.

December 22 – January 2: Christmas/Winter Break. This is a full two-week break which occurs every several years. Having students and staff come to school December 22-23 was considered, but the concern of high absenteeism, which is detrimental not only to student achievement , but also to the district performing well on MSIP 5 (one area the district has struggled to meet is attendance), led the committee to support adding those days to the break.

January 14:  Late Start Day. Late starts allow staff to work collaboratively on such things as curriculum, student data, and professional development.

*January 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. No school for students and staff.

Should the District incur a loss of two (2) or more school days prior to MLK, Jr. and Presidents’ Day, those two dates will be used for make-up days.

February 13: Staff Compensation Day. Staff will have worked two parent-teacher conference nights. This day is contractual compensation for those added hours. This date is chosen to provide students and staff a potential 4-day weekend.

*February 16: Presidents’ Day: No school for students and staff.

Should the District incur a loss of two (2) or more school days prior to MLK, Jr. and Presidents’ Day, those two dates will be used for make-up days.

March 18: Late Start Day. Late starts allow staff to work collaboratively on such things as curriculum, student data, and professional development.

March 30 – April 3: Fixed Spring Break. Survey results note that a fixed five-day break is preferred by most parents and staff. The committee acknowledges that a lengthy break may be problematic for some students and their families.

May 20: Last day of school (depending on use of weather days). Parents and staff both noted the importance of ending school before Memorial Day if possible.

Note: The last day of school will have a three-hour early dismissal for students, but staff will remain for the full day.

Snow Make-Up Dates: Should the District incur a loss of two (2) or more school days prior to MLK, Jr. and Presidents’ Day, those two dates will be used for make-up days; otherwise, all make-up days will be placed at the end of the school year to be used in this order: May 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, and 29. The committee acknowledges that there is the potential of coming back to school after Memorial Day.