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Posted: December 8, 2023

Don’t Forget to Chime in on Next Year’s School Calendar

In his weekly message, Superintendent Scott Elder urges staff to take the survey on the 2024-2025 school calendar.

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking of all the things you need to do with the fall semester winding down and winter break just two weeks out. I have something to add to your list.

Our calendar committee has been hard at work looking at options for the 2024-2025 school year, and it’s time for you to weigh in. We launched an online survey on on Monday, and if you haven’t already filled it out, please take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to provide your feedback. The survey will close next Friday, Dec. 15.

The calendar committee is planning to present a potential calendar to the APS Board in January.

I know, it’s tough to think about next school year when the holiday season is just getting started, but the calendar affects every student, family, and employee. We want as much feedback as possible.

The questions you’ll be asked include:

  • Whether you like the current school calendar.
  • The aspects of the current calendar that you like and don’t like.
  • Your preference on starting school in July and ending in May or starting school in August and ending in June.
  • Whether APS should have two days off for fall break or a full week.
  • For Thanksgiving break, whether students should have three days off or a full week.
  • Whether spring break should be one or two weeks, and whether it should align with the University of New Mexico’s spring break.

Your responses will help our calendar committee create a proposal that reflects your wishes and the wishes of our community.

Of course, it’s important to acknowledge that no calendar will be perfect. The committee has the difficult task of balancing a host of competing interests, everything from our community’s preferences to instructional hours required by state law. The committee must also factor in our negotiated agreements, federal holidays, and logistics like transporting 40,000 students and providing heating and air conditioning to 142 APS schools.

That said, your feedback is important and will be factored into the calendar committee’s recommendation. We care what you think, so please take a few minutes to weigh in on the calendar. And please encourage the families of your students to take the survey as well.

Until next week!