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Steering Committee develops four to six options
Full Committee representing all stakeholders refines drafts and selects two best calendars for each year
Information will be shared with teachers and administrators
Poll for all employees to state their preference
Poll for community preference
Poll results provided to Superintendent
Recommendation to the School Board for approval
NC Law: General Statute Section § 115C-84.2 (2011 House Bill 200, effective July 1, 2011, rewrote a portion of the calendar law)
215 days total
185 instructional days
9/10 teacher workdays
10 annual leave days
Start no sooner than August 25
Close no later than June 10
Veteran’s Day must be a holiday
At least 2 optional workdays for accumulated leave
CMS Policy and Regulation (revised 1/6/12)
Consistent with N.C. law
Specifies use of teacher workdays
Addresses holidays, severe weather make-up days, Election Day, religious holidays and graduation requirements
Instructional Focus on the Calendar
Uninterrupted “chunks” of learning time
Minimize loss of instructional time
Testing issues and the calendar
Maximize use of teacher workdays
Avoiding days with high absenteeism
Aim to recognize major religious holidays representing diversity of community so as to minimize staff and student absenteeism (Another policy is in place to prohibit major tests or events on religious holidays when students are in school.)
Aim to place make-up days where they are likely to be needed. Use workdays and days after June 10 as last resort. Recognize cutting into spring break is painful.
Recognize need for winter break to be as long as possible
Consideration of federal holidays
Timing of spring break
Calendar Development Process
Creating the school calendar is similar to solving a puzzle with lots of different pieces and a set of rules about where the pieces must fit. The pieces are school days, teacher workdays, annual leave days and holidays; the rules are policies set by the North Carolina State Legislature, North Carolina Board of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education.
A committee of parents, teachers, principals, administrators and community members will recommend two proposed calendars for the 2014-2015 school year that meet the following requirements and laws:
In July 2012, the North Carolina General Assembly amended the statute that governs school calendars. The new law, which goes into effect in the 2013-14 school year, gives districts more flexibility with start and end dates and also mandates 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction. The amended law also gives CMS the opportunity to improve the calendar by providing more teacher workdays for professional development and more options severe weather make-up days.
215 Total Days: The entire school calendar is 215 days. These days are divided among school days, teacher workdays, annual leave days and holidays.
185 Total Days or 1,025 hours of instruction: There must be 185 instructional or student days or 1025 instructional hours, which may start no sooner than the Monday closest to August 26 and end no later than the Friday closest to June 11.
14 Teacher Workdays: There must be 14 teacher workdays. At least two optional teacher workdays must be for accumulated leave.
10/11 Holidays: Veterans' Day must be a holiday; the others are discretionary.
10 Annual Leave Days: CMS must schedule 10 annual leave (vacation) days for teachers.
Other Considerations: The calendar committee must also recognize the need for the semesters to be evenly divided. as possible. Breaks are scheduled so that teachers and students have consecutive days off in the winter and spring. Most importantly, while meeting all these parameters, the committee recommends two calendars that have an academic focus so that students and teachers are in school for unbroken periods of instruction time.
After the Calendar Committee recommends two calendars, employees and community members will have an opportunity to indicate their preference in an online poll.
The poll results and recommendations are given to the superintendent, who presents the options to the Board of Education. The Board then votes to approve the calendar.
Contacting your elected officials about the North Carolina calendar law
Many members of the public have contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools about how to express their opinions on the calendar law approved by the General Assembly in 2011. Contacting your state elected officials is a good way to share your thoughts.
Click on the links below to contact your State House and Senate representatives:
NC House of Representatives
Members of the Mecklenburg County delegation
Members of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
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