By FPS Associate Superintendent Dr. Robert Grosz
The 2019-10 school calendar was developed by the district’s Calendar Committee. The committee had twenty-two members (three teachers, six parents, three principals, one FEA teacher representative, one support staff member, three district office representatives, three students, the EL director, and one school board member).
The development of the calendar was part of multiple committee meeting agendas. The calendar was developed after reviewing the previous calendars, ND State Statutes, proposed co-curricular schedule, and the data from the Calendar Survey. The calendar, when in draft form, was presented to the City PTA for their review. Finally, the calendar was presented to the School Board on April 24, 2018 for their approval.
Every other year a survey is issued to students, staff, and parents to garner their perceptions around specific calendar issues. Two of the biggest questions the Calendar Committee discusses each year are when should the school year start and whether or not to have a week-long spring break. The Calendar Committee reviewed the data from the most recent survey to help make decisions
Start Date: When asked to rank in order of your family’s preference, starting school in August (which would most likely mean ending school in May) was the preferred choice among all subgroups surveyed.
Spring Break: When asked if your family wanted a week-long spring break built into the school calendar, the answer ‘yes’ had the highest percentage among all subgroups surveyed.
Parents: Yes – 52.83% No – 47.17%
Teachers: Yes – 71.99% No – 28.01%
Other District Staff: Yes – 65.82% No – 34.18%
Students: Yes – 85.27% No – 14.73%
Before the 2020-2021 calendar is developed, a new survey will be sent out to students, staff, and parents for their input.
I would like to thank the committee for the time and effort that they put into the development of the 2019-20 school calendar. By developing this calendar and sharing it with our parents and communities, families will have the opportunity to plan school and other family activities in advance of the 2019-20 school year.