November 11, 2014
Contact: Heidi Embley
Calendar committee reviewed numerous considerations; wants public feedback
The Anchorage School District is seeking feedback from parents, community members and staff on the proposed school calendar for the 2016-17 school year and beyond.
A committee, made up of ASD staff, parents, community members and university representatives, was tasked with developing a proposal for future year calendars.
With the understanding that there are numerous factors to consider, the committee was asked to create a calendar proposal that best engages students and enables them to meet their maximum academic potential.
The draft calendar follows a similar pattern of the past seven school years. Specifically, the effort was to:
Following those basic directions, the committee first worked back from the end of the first semester (first day of Winter Break) to determine the starting date of the calendar for both students and teachers. Then, understanding the requirement to ensure 172 student contact days, moved from the start of third quarter (end of Winter Break) to determine the ending date of the calendar.
The community discussed a multitude of topics regarding calendar development, including the following.
The committee’s draft 2016-17 calendar is available for review at www.asdk12.org/calendar/proposal. The public is invited to provide feedback in a brief survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASDCalProp. The survey closes on Nov. 26.