After two weeks of public comment, the School Board reviewed the proposed 2012-13 school calendar on Feb. 28 and made these changes:
- Thanksgiving break will be extended one day to include the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. November 21 was previously proposed to be a three-hour early release day for students and school-based personnel.
- Winter break will be reduced by two days with December 21 now being the first day of the holiday. The increase of two instructional days will be used to offset additional student holidays on November 21 and February 18.
- Presidents’ Day on February 18 will be a holiday for students and staff.
- The three-hour early release day/school-based professional development or teacher workday on January 30 will be eliminated.
Based on these changes, the public comment period will be extended with School Board adoption anticipated on March 27, 2012.
Chesterfield County Public Schools proposed calendar for the 2012-13 school year includes 181 student days, beginning September 4, 2012, the first Tuesday after Labor Day. The school year ends for students on June 14, 2013, and for teachers on June 15, 2013.
The calendar includes:
- 181 instructional days;
- 1 parent-teacher conference day;
- 8 full-day teacher workdays (including five before students start classes);
- 8 three-hour early release days/school-based professional development or teacherworkdays; and
- 2 iLearn days to support the implementation of the Design for Excellence 2020.
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
The calendar includes a parent-teacher conference day on November 5. Parents are encouragedto set appointments with their child’s teacher to review student achievement progress.
Students do not attend school on parent-teacher conference day.
Full-Day Teacher Workdays
The calendar includes eight full-day teacher workdays:
- Five teacher workdays occur August 27-31 before students start school — this includes one workday assigned for countywide staff development.
- Three teacher workdays occur on November 6, January 28 and April 8 — one teacher workday at the end of each of the first three nine-week marking periods.
Students do not attend school on full-day teacher workdays.
Three-Hour Early Release Days
The calendar includes eight three-hour early release days, which will be used for school-based professional development or teacher workdays:
- Six three-hour early release/school-based professional development days occur on September 26, October 31, November 28, February 27, March 27 and April 24. These early-release days will provide time for teachers to work collaboratively in professional learning communities and to participate in professional development aligned with school improvement and district goals.
- Two three-hour early release days occur on June 13 and 14 at end of the year. These three-hour early release days are teacher workdays. Students will be released from school three hours early on each of these eight days.
The calendar includes two iLearn Days for employees. iLearn Days provide professional development to support the Design for Excellence 2020. The focus of the first iLearn Day for teachers and administrators will be on blended learning. Teachers must attend a half-day professional development on August 16 or August 20, with makeup sessions available during evening hours on September 12 or September 13. The remaining 1.5 iLearn Days include flexible hours for teachers to learn more about blended learning environments as well as complete online Acceptable Use Policy and CCPS safety training modules.
Student and Staff Holidays
The calendar includes these student and staff holidays:
- September 3 — Labor Day
- November 21-23 — Thanksgiving break
- December 21-January 1 — winter break
- January 21 — Martin Luther King Day
- February 18 — Presidents’ Day
- April 1-5 — spring break (workdays for 12-month employees)
- May 27 — Memorial Day
Students and staff do not report to school on the above dates.
The School Board retains the right to modify the calendar.
It is recommended that the School Board post the proposed calendar online for public comment with School Board adoption anticipated on March 27, 2012.
Proposed 2012-13 Calendar
For comments on the proposed calendar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.