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Posted September 24, 2013

Survey Wants to Know: Do You Want to Start, End School Year Later?

The APS Calendar Committee is asking students, parents and school employees if they would like to start the 2014-15 school year a week or so later than this year, which would mean finishing up after Memorial Day.

The APS Calendar Committee is seeking public input as it develops the 2014-15 school year calendar. The committee – made up of parents, community members, principals, union representatives and administrators – wants to know if students, parents, teachers and other school employees would prefer to start the school year later in August and end it after Memorial Day in late May or early June.

Currently, the APS school year starts in early August and ends before Memorial Day.

The committee has put together a quick survey that asks the following: "Would you prefer to start the 2014-15 school year a week or so later than APS has started in recent years, which means ending the school year after Memorial Day?"

The questionnaire also has space for comments.

Some things to think about when considering a later start to the school year:

  • The second semester would be longer than first semester (though second semester does include several testing days). This could impact fall semester final exams.
  • High school graduations would be pushed back to later in May (they now typically are held in the middle of May).
  • Spring semester finals would take place after Memorial Day
  • Some weather make-up days, which are now scheduled after Memorial Day, would be pushed into early June.

Please respond to the survey by Friday, Sept. 27. Results from the survey will be shared with the calendar committee and with the APS Board of Education, which has the final say on the school calendar.

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