Calendar Development Q&A

  • San Juan Unified works to develop a school year calendar that meets the learning needs of students, accommodates family time and provides for professional learning opportunities for our teachers and staff. To help answer questions on how the calendar is developed we have put together this Q&A regarding the current year calendar.

  • What parameters are used in developing a calendar?

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    The school year calendar is developed by district staff in collaboration with the San Juan Teachers Association. The following parameters were used in its development:

    * There must be 180 instructional days
    * The first semester ends prior to the winter break
    * Attention is given to days or periods of time when student attendance has been particularly low or staff absences have been high
    * Specified federal and state holidays are observed

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  • Why is it necessary to set the first day of school on Aug. 15 for 2019-20? When will others start?

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    With the 2012-13 year, the board of education took action to adjust the calendar so that the first semester would end prior to the December/January break, ensuring that secondary students would complete end-of-term projects and finals before leaving for an extended period. This change resulted in the start date being pushed back approximately five days. In most years, the start date is typically the third week of August, but due to dates of holidays and other factors, it can push into the second week of August for some years.

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  • What can we do if we have already planned a family trip or other activity?

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    Families should work with their teacher(s) and school administration to develop alternative arrangements if they know there will be a family conflict with the school year calendar.  If your student will be absent for more than five consecutive days, it may be possible to arrange for a temporary independent study agreement that will allow the student to complete school work, earn credit and not be marked absent. If available, arrangements can be made with your school staff.

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  • Why was the calendar so late this year? How will that be avoided in the future?

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    This year’s calendar was delayed as we awaited information from the state on funding availability for professional growth opportunities for teachers and other staff that could potentially impact the calendar. We do not anticipate that situation repeating itself in the future. Additionally, the district has returned to solidifying calendars two years in advance so that families and staff have plenty of time to plan ahead. This is also why the 2018-19 calendar is being released now.

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  • Why does San Juan Unified give full weeks off during November and February?

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    A full week off in November is standard among area school districts. Most school districts provide for two full days off from school in February in recognition of Presidents’ Day and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, while San Juan Unified provides for the full week off. Both breaks have been part of San Juan Unified’s calendar for years in an attempt to minimize the number of student absences typically seen during those periods. 

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  • When will high school graduations be held?

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    Typically, high school graduations are scheduled no sooner than a week before the last day of school. For the 2017-18 school year, we anticipate our high school graduations will occur between May 29 – June 9. 

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  • What opportunities are there to provide input on future calendar development?

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    The district plans to conduct a Thought Exchange process in late spring to solicit ideas and suggestions for future changes to the calendar. This will give students, families and staff an opportunity to share their voices with each other and indicate their priorities for future consideration. You can also submit a calendar question or suggestion which will be routed to appropriate staff for review.

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