Calendar Committee

The Calendar Committee is charged with putting together the Verona Area School District annual calendar by researching / reviewing and recommending to the Board of Education a school calendar for the 2015 – 2016 school year that facilitates the inclusion of parents / guardians / advocates in the development of personalized learning plans. This committee is also charged with developing the calendar for 2016 – 2017 school year.

10-21-15 Meeting Agenda
10-21-15 Meeting Presentation
10-14-15 Meeting Agenda
10-14-15 Meeting Presentation

2016/2017 Calendar Template

Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements:
•Start Date (118.045)
No public school may commence the school term until September 1st; Waivers possible – but not realistically

•Hours of instruction - statute (121.02(f))
-437 hours are required for kindergarten and Pre K (87.5 hours at Pre K may be used for parent outreach)
-1050 hours of instruction be provided for students in grades 1 – 6 (Current K-5 Hours = 1,175; 125 hour surplus /~ 16 day surplus)
-1137 hours of instruction for students in grades 7 – 12: Scheduled hours include recess (up to 30 per day) and time for pupils to transfer between classes but do not include the lunch period. Current 6-8 hours = 1,232 (95 hour surplus ~ 12 days) while current 9-12 hours = 1253 (116 hour surplus ~12 days)*

•Days of Instruction
-Formerly under (121.02(f)): 180 days of instruction, with up to five used for parent/teacher conferences and/or inclement weather days
-Change in law last legislative session: Act 257 Eliminated the 180 day requirement but still have to have meet hours of instruction requirement

History of Calendar Development:
•Bargained with unions prior to Act 10
-Meet and confer on calendar there after

•History of Late Start Mondays
-Used to have permanent building subs at elementary level to provide elementary teachers prep time guaranteed in contract

•Late Start Monday goals:
-Provide way to meet prep time for elementary teachers
-Staff development time for staff

Employee Handbook Considerations:
•Contract Length
190 contract days
180 student contact days
3 teacher inservice days
1 teacher workday
2 parent conference days
1 flex day
4 additional work days for new staff

•Duty Hours for teachers
8 hours including 30 minute duty free lunch

Samples of other school district calendars:
Middleton/Cross Plains School District
Oregon School District