KCS seeks input on proposed 2019-20 school calendar

KCS seeks input on proposed 2019-20 school calendar
Posted on 11/08/2018
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The Kannapolis City Board of Education is considering the proposed calendar for the 2019-2020 school year and would like input from parents, students, staff, and the community. The calendar was developed by the KCS Calendar Committee, which is made up of KCS parents, students, and staff. The committee has proposed a calendar that would start school in mid-August of 2019 for all KCS students and end classes before the end of May in 2020. The first semester in 2019 would be over before Christmas, and all first semester assessments and exams would take place before the Christmas break. The proposed KCS calendar would closely match the Rowan Cabarrus Community College calendar and would allow A.L. Brown students to earn college credit more easily while they are still in high school. 


The proposed calendar was presented to school board members during the board’s regular meeting on November 5th. Before board members vote on whether to adopt the proposed calendar, they would like input from parents, students, staff, and community members. The school district has developed a very brief survey to get people’s input about the proposed calendar. A link to the survey is at the bottom of this page.  2019-2020 Encuesta de Calendario

Here are highlights of the proposed 2019-2020 calendar:

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The first day of school for all KCS students would be Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • The first semester would end Friday, December 20, 2019, and all first semester assessments and exams would be completed before Christmas.
  • Students would have a three-day break over Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving holiday would be November 27th, 28th, and 29th of 2019.
  • Christmas/Winter break would extend a full two weeks from Monday, December 23, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020. The last of day of classes before winter break would be Friday, December 20th and the first day of classes after winter break would be Monday, January 6, 2020.
  • Spring Break would be the week before Easter. There would be no school the week of April 6 – 10, 2020.
  • The last day of school for students would be Friday, May 29, 2020. A.L. Brown High School’s graduation would be Saturday, May 30, 2020.
  • The 2019-2020 calendar would include four Early Release Days: August 30, September 20, October 16, and February 14. All KCS schools would dismiss three hours early on those days to allow time for KCS staff to have professional development in the afternoon.
  • KCS would run Reading Camps and other summer sessions during the months of June and July. However, those sessions would be by invitation only and would not be for all KCS students.


To view and download a copy of the proposed 2019-2020 student calendar, please click here.

 

To view and download a copy of the proposed 2019-2020 staff calendar, please click here.


ADVANTAGES:

There are many advantages to having a calendar where classes start and end earlier than in previous years:

  • Ending the first semester in December allows for a clean break before the Christmas/New Year holidays. The two-week winter break provides a natural time in the calendar to end first semester classes.
  • From an academic and instructional standpoint, having exams before Christmas is extremely beneficial. Under the current school calendar, it is not ideal to come back after winter break and have only a few days of classes in January before starting exams. Having a natural and uninterrupted flow between instruction and exams is better for student success.
  • Having first semester exams in December helps avoid the interruption of winter weather. In past years, first semester exams often have been interrupted by 2-hour delays or school being cancelled in January due to winter weather. It is much more uncommon for bad weather to impact the school schedule in December, which means exams likely could proceed without being impacted by winter weather.
  • The proposed calendar for the 2019-2020 school year would give students a full two-week break over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Classes would not resume until Monday, January 6th.
  • The proposed calendar would align with the Rowan Cabarrus Community College calendar. This is important because many KCS students take courses at RCCC while they are still in high school, and they earn free college credit. Having a calendar that matches with the RCCC calendar makes taking the college courses much easier for KCS students.
  • Under the proposed 2019-2020 calendar, the last day of classes would come before the end of May and would allow students and families to get an early start on their summer break. 
  • Even with the earlier start in August and the earlier end of classes in May, the proposed KCS calendar has many holiday and teacher work day breaks that are similar to the ones in Cabarrus County Schools and Rowan-Salisbury Schools. This will make it easier for families who have children attending one school district but where parents work in a neighboring district.
  • The new calendar would match up better with the NC High School athletics calendars and the schedules for other extra-curricular activities such as band.
  • The proposed calendar also aligns better with the Advanced Placement schedule that is set at the national level. Following the proposed 2019-2020 calendar would give KCS students more class time before taking AP exams, which would help them as they seek to earn Advanced Placement college credit.


DISADVANTAGES:

While there are a few downsides to the new calendar, most of the disadvantages would be in effect only for the first year of implementing the earlier-start calendar.  

  • In 2019, students would have a slightly shorter summer (8½ weeks instead of 10 weeks). However, if the same earlier-start calendar is continued in following years, the summers would return to being 10 weeks in length. They would simply start and end a little earlier than they have in past years.
  • For students and staff that have summer jobs, the summer of 2019 would be shortened by one-and-a-half weeks. However, in later years, summers would return to being their standard length.
  • Under the proposed calendar for 2019-2020, Spring Break would fall the week before Easter (April 6-10 of 2020). Many neighboring school districts would have their 2020 Spring Break the week after Easter, which would not align with the KCS calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please take the following survey by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2018.

PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO PROVIDE INPUT ABOUT THE PROPOSED 2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR.

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