2020-21 Calendar Proposed Changes

School Board Reviews Proposed Changes for 2020-21 School Year Calendar
Posted on 01/10/2020
District 833 Logo Several changes for the 2020-21 school calendar are currently under review by the School Board. During the Jan. 9 board meeting, members reviewed several calendar adjustments recommended by the District 833 Calendar Committee, which includes teachers, principals, union leadership and administrators. These revisions include changing the first day of school for grades 7 and 8, adding new dates for the second and third trimesters, delaying the last day of school and moving professional development days. Other adjustments include changes for ACT preparation days and ACT testing days that will help students better prepare for these important tests.

Another significant difference in the 2020-21 calendar is designed to help new sixth graders transition to middle school. Camp 6, an orientation day for grade 6 students, will become a single-day event to be held on the first day of school, on Monday, Aug. 31. During this day, students will meet their teachers, learn about their class schedules, use their lockers and become familiar with middle school expectations. This change moves the start of the school year for students in grades 7 and 8 to one day later, on Tuesday, Sept. 1. This change mirrors the practice for incoming freshmen, who will continue to start one day earlier than students in grades 10-12.

Previously approved changes for the 2020-21 school year include the first day of school beginning one week before Labor Day. This earlier start will help balance the number of school days in each trimester while ending the school year at approximately the same time as previous years.

The 2020-21 calendar will be up for approval at the Jan. 23 School Board meeting.