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II.E.
 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
 
Agenda Item
 

Meeting Date
January 24, 2017

Agenda Item Title
Recommend Approval of Revision to CMS 2016-2017 Continuous Learning Calendar for Bruns Academy and Walter G. Byers School

Staff Present

​Denise Watts



Main Points

​Walter G. Byers School and Bruns Academy are continuous learning calendar (CLC) schools with a school calendar that differs from the calendar of traditional schools in the district as it relates to designated teacher workdays and make-up days. When the initial announcement regarding inclement make-up dates were communicated, the days were established to be March 17 and March 28. These dates are not aligned to the approved CLC calendar's designation for make-up days for these two schools.   Per the approved calendar, the make-up days are as follows:

Makeup Days: March 27, March 28, March 29, March 30, March 31, April 3, April 4, April 6

For further reference see approved CLC calendar linked here:

 http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/mediaroom/calendars/Documents/2016-2017%20Project%20LIFT%20Approved%20Continous%20Learning%20Calendar%20-%20Bruns%20Academy%20and%20Walter%20G%20Byers%20School.pdf

The erroneous communication poses some challenges.  March 17th was never a designated make-up date. Additionally, March 28th falls two days into the spring intersession. Intersessions are not required workdays or instructional dates for students and staff. Using March 28th as a make-up date would mean students and staff would be out on intersession on March 27th and then be required to report back to work/school on March 28th.  This will likely negatively  impact attendance on March 28th.

Since the initial communication was inaccurate, there is a need to reset the communication and expectations for the make-up days for these two schools.  It is proposed that February 17th and 20th be considered as make-up days. While not originally established as make-up days in the CLC approved calendar, these dates are designated as teacher workdays.  Leveraging them as make-up days are a viable option and present a few possible benefits:

  •  Using February 17th and February 20th as make-up dates would allow for consecutive days of teaching and learning throughout the month of February as opposed to an interruption to instruction with the current designated teacher workdays in mid-February.
  • Intersession days are often days used by families and staff for planned vacations, appointments and other personal obligations.  Since the prescribed make-up dates correspond with spring intercession there is increased likelihood of conflicts that may negatively impact student and staff attendance. Using the February dates eliminates the conflict with spring intersession in March.
  • February 17th is also a CMS designated make-up day for traditional calendar schools. Leveraging February 17th provides some alignment between the district's traditional calendar schools and the CLC school's designated make-up day.

 

 

 



Fiscal Implications
None


Agenda Item Type
consent items


Motion
Recommend approval of motion to change the makeup days for the 2016-2017 Continuous Learning Calendar for Bruns Academy and Walter G. Byers School to add February 17 and February 20, 2017 as makeup days and to designate those days as the makeup days for the January 9 and 10, 2017, when school was closed for inclement weather.