How are school calendars created?
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY ” Creating one school calendar for eight elementary schools, four middle and three high schools can be an enormous challenge for Eagle County School District calendar committee members.
The group of administrators and community members meet and provide the board of education with recommendations for school calendars. Here are some answers to basic questions about the academic calendar from Superintendent John Brendza.
John Brendza: The committee meets each fall. A representative, selected by each school, is invited to participate. Principal Wade Hill of Red Canyon High School and Principal Heather Eberts of Brush Creek Elementary facilitate those meetings.
Parents with concerns can contact their school representative, or of course, they can directly contact the facilitators or our office at 328-6321.
John Brendza: Committee members are selected by each school. Contact your principal directly for more specifics about how to serve as a representative for your school.
John Brendza: The current calendar, like calendars for the past 10 years, has been determined using data collected from surveys and parents. The current format is very similar from past calendars, with the exception of spring break, which is later.
The educational benefit of a later spring break is that schools would be able to complete CSAP testing before the break. The disadvantage is that it creates conflicts with high school spring sports events.
John Brendza: Every committee member has a personal impact on the decisions and this can be difficult. Additionally, any time a school calendar is developed, you have those who support the format and those who don’t. It’s impossible to please everyone, but I believe our committee does an outstanding job.