Calendar proposal


November 11, 2014


Contact: Heidi Embley

ASD Communications

(907) 742-4158


Feedback wanted on future school year calendar proposals

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:

  • have a mid-August start, starting before Labor Day;
  • end the first semester prior to a Winter Break; and
  • have a mid-May end, ending before Memorial Day.


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.

  • Balanced instructional days in all quarters and semesters
  • 172 required student contact days (includes two snow days)
  • 10 in-service work days for staff
  • Transportation
  • Graduation dates
  • University of Alaska calendar
  • Seasonal weather
  • Student and staff attendance patterns
  • Half-day release
  • State testing requirements
  • Employee contractual obligations
  • Construction
  • Maintenance
  • Parent conferences
  • Professional development best practices
  • Veterans Day
  • Other holidays
  • Fur Rendezvous
  • State fair
  • Employee leave
  • Number of four-day-weeks in each quarter
  • Return to a late start (Sept.) and late end (June)
  • Transitioned start for staff and students
  • Subsistence and other cultural considerations
  • Direction instruction and testing


The committee’s draft 2016-17 calendar is available for review at The public is invited to provide feedback in a brief survey at The survey closes on Nov. 26.

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