The WSISD District Planning Committee (DPC), which consists of teachers, administrators, parents, community members and other school employees, develop the District Academic Calendar. Parents and staff members reviewed the calendar and provided input. The DPC reviewed the feedback and proposed a final version to the Board of Trustees on Feb. 21. The board adopt the official calendar on Feb. 21.
When developing the calendar, factors the DPC considers are:
• What is best for student instruction?
• The state requires that all students attend school for 75,600 minutes annually.
• Teachers must work 187 days per school year.
• The first semester should end prior to Christmas Break to ensure that secondary students may take final exams prior to the holidays.
• Staff Development Days should be placed strategically throughout the school year to ensure that instructional staff has appropriate time for professional development and instructional planning.
• Two inclement weather make up days must be built into the calendar.
This year’s calendar includes:
- one additional Staff Development Day in October.
- additional days off for students after the Winter Break to provide more time in the event of potential exposure and recovery from illness.
Additional Minutes to the School Day
To provide flexibility in the master schedule (i.e. time for intervention and/or enrichment, rotations, lunches, etc.), campus and district administration recommend adding an additional 10 minutes to the school day in grades Pre-K through 8. (Brewer High School students already attend school an additional 30 minutes.)