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October 19, 2010
On Monday, October 4th, the VBCPS Calendar Committee met to discuss plans for the 2011-2012 school calendar. Dr. Maynard Massey led the discussion with help from Co-Chairperson Jeanne Crocker. In attendance were seven teachers from all three levels (elementary, middle, high) including VBEA member and City-wide Teacher of the Year Karen Drosinos, PTA President and VBEA member Shelly Jones, 2 parents, Principals Barbara Sessoms, Dale Holt and Randi Riesbeck as well as Ann Murray, Nancy Soscia and VBEA President Dominic Melito.
There are 2 proposed changes to the traditional VBCPS Calendar which include:
1) Adding 8 minutes to the instructional day, which will allow us to “bank” 2 days per semester (an A day and a B day.) The teacher day overall would not be extended. There may be adjustments to the starting times for teachers.
2) Moving the extra adjusted dismissal days in the high schools for midterm exams in January to the same adjusted dismissal days as the elementary and middle schools.
The 2011-12 calendar will be on the School Board Agenda for November 9th as an information item.
The 2011-12 calendar will be voted on at the November 23rd School Board meeting.
If you would like to voice your opinion on the calendar proposal, you can e-mail the school board members and/or contact VBEA President Dominic Melito at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2011-12 VBCPS Calendar (as proposed by the Calendar Committee. This proposal must now go to the Superintendent’s Cabinet for approval.)
29 - 31 Teacher Work Days
1 - 2 Teacher Work Days
5 Labor Day - Schools Closed
6 First Day of School
4 Early Release Day
7 Teacher Work Day
9 First Day of the 2nd Nine Weeks
11 Veterans Day - Schools Closed
23 Adjusted Dismissal
24 - 25 Thanksgiving Holiday
8 Adjusted Dismissal
23 - 31 Winter Holidays
2 New Year’s Day (observed)
3 First Day back
16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
27 Teacher Work Day
20 President’s Day - School Closed
22 Adjusted Dismissal Day (recommended, committee voted to move to March 21)
21 Recommended Adjusted Dismissal Day
6 Teacher Work Day
9 - 15 Spring Break
28 Memorial Day - School’s Closed
*12 - 15 Early Release (HS)
18 Flex Day (Teacher Work Day)
*If there are fewer than 2 school closing days in the 2nd semester, the Early Release days will shift from June 12-15 to June 11-14, with June 15 being a Teacher Work Day.