LAUSD 2017-18 School Calendar

lausd-2017-18-calendarWhen there’s so many pressing issues facing the Los Angeles Unified School District, it’s always good to trot out the calendar dilemma and go for a re-vote. So when, exactly, does school start next year? Here’s the low down for LAUSD students (including neighborhood schools, magnets, affiliated converted charters, language immersions and SAS programs):

First Day of School: August 15, 2017
Thanksgiving Break: November 23-24, 2017
Winter Break: Dec 18, 2017-Jan 5, 2018
Spring Break: Mar 26-30, 2018
Last Day of School: June 7, 2018

Calendar good for one year only. Look for a future vote on this never-ending debate.

*Independent charters can set their own calendars so dates will likely be different.

2017-18 Calendar

Oh, and for those already looking ahead to summer break, the last day of school this year will be Friday, June 9, 2017. You’re welcome. 😉

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Take the LAUSD Calendar Survey Today!

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Hey LAUSD Parents,

It’s bigger than a pop quiz! This survey will help decide the fate of our school calendar (First Day of School, Last Day of School, Holiday Breaks) for next fall and through 2019!

Your voice counts – please participate in the survey.

Online survey available NOW through Dec 6th.

Five little questions with big implications.

Click HERE to Do It Now!

Here’s your test prep:

2016-19 LAUSD Instructional Calendar Survey Questions

Question 1: In your opinion, the school year should start:

  1. Early August
  2. Mid-August
  3. Late August
  4. After Labor Day
  5. It does not matter to me.

Question 2: The winter break should be:

  1. Two weeks
  2. Three weeks
  3. It does not matter to me.

Question 3: The District should explore a different, “modified early August” calendar. This option provides a four-week intervention during a shortened summer break. In addition, the winter break would be extended by four weeks to provide interventions. The winter break would last about seven weeks.

  1. I strongly agree
  2. I somewhat agree
  3. I neither agree or disagree
  4. I somewhat disagree
  5. I strongly disagree

Question 4: It is important that both elementary and secondary schools follow the same calendar.

  1.  I strongly agree
  2.  I somewhat agree
  3.  I neither agree or disagree
  4.  I somewhat disagree
  5.  I strongly disagree

Question 5: The first semester should end before the winter break.

  1. I strongly agree
  2. I somewhat agree
  3. I neither agree or disagree
  4. I somewhat disagree
  5. I strongly disagree

Ok, now you know what the questions are. Get to the SURVEY and get it done!

Splash page with links to a deep dive of additional info HERE

SITE: http://achieve.lausd.net/schoolcalendars

Please note: “Survey opinions will inform Los Angeles Board of Education members when voting to approve the calendar. Their decision will cover the next three years.” It will still come down to the School Board vote.

More LAUSD Proposed Calendar Concepts: The 5/7 Tango

Another twist in the LAUSD Calendar Conundrum. Enter the 5/7 Tango.

Say what?

5:7 Proposal

According to a recent article in LA School Report, “An advisory committee studying options for LA Unified’s academic calendar are considering six different plans, and one them is a radically different approach that would shorten the summer break to five weeks and increase the winter break to seven weeks.

The idea being that they could create a 20-day intersession (think ‘summer school’ but during both the winter and summer breaks) for students who fall below basic and need extra remediation or credit recovery.

If passed, this would mean that students would break for 7 weeks during the winter holiday, and only 5 weeks in the summer.

Whaaaat?! 

What do working parents do? I guess their kids can just hang out while parents go back to work, which is most public school parents these days. What about the kids who don’t qualify/don’t need the intersession, where does their retention go after a 7-week winter break as they head back to the second semester?

Um, down the (You)Tubes.

For those of you who followed my GoMamaGuide Facebook page, you saw as I covered the robocalls this past weekend that went out to current LAUSD parents, announcing with a 1-day notice there would be an upcoming telephone survey that would poll parents on 5 calendar-related questions. The calls came in over the weekend right when most of us had our hands full of kids and dinner, or for those with a life, date night and/or other weekend evening activities. There were 3 attempts to reach us and if we didn’t pick up the phone and take the phone survey right then and there during one of those 3 calls, that would be it.

Then I started seeing reports from many folks who did answer and attempt to take the phone survey, only to have the calls glitch and unceremoniously disconnect them after the first question. So much for parent participation.

In another robocall Monday evening, LAUSD Supt. Cortines acknowledged that there were indeed glitches in the telephone survey and offered an apology to parents, explaining they would reach out to those who experienced problems.

Ok, but how? When? Who would be reached? And how would they know who did and who didn’t complete the survey? They offered no number, no email or website to contact them back if you received one of the glitched calls.

Supt. Cortines also mentioned on the call that there were 58,000 “successful” responses. Um. Cool.

Looking at the “fingertip facts” on LAUSD’s own website, this figure represents just over 10% of the 542,433 students currently enrolled in LAUSD. (Remember, independent charters get to set their own calendars so they are immune from this decision.)

So, a success? Or is it a fail.

We’ll see what happens next. They’ll be making a decision this spring that will impact the next three years. Regardless of what happens, you can bet I’ll be staying on top of this topic on behalf of all of us!

If you feel motivated, share your opinion by emailing Supt. Cortines and your board members directly:

superintentdent@lausd.net
george.mckenna@lausd.net
monica.garcia@lausd.net
scott.schmerelson@lausd.net
steve.zimmer@lausd.net
ref.rodriguez@lausd.net
monica.ratliff@lausd.net
richard.vladovic@lausd.net

For a deeper dive into the number crunching and test results the joint advisory committee considered collected from the offices of School Operations, Curriculum, Instruction and School Support, Data and Accountability, and Budget Services, click HERE.

Caution: Enter data dive at your own risk. Quick perusal doesn’t show enough significant test gains to substantiate maintaining Early Start in my opinion, but I know that many High 
Schoolers love it.

August Is The New Fall: Back to School 2015

Congratulations all you graduates. We wish you the best in your future endeavors! And to all the rest of you students, parents and educators, we hope everyone enjoys a restful, relaxing, wonder-filled summer.

To those of you already eyeing the calendar wondering how will we ever get through summer with no childcare I mean when will school start back up again, here are the start and end dates. Plan accordingly.

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2015 School Calendars
(Click district link in blue to view full calendar.)

LAUSD: Tues, Aug 18, 2015 thru Fri, June 10, 2016

SMMUSD: Thurs, Aug 20 thru Thurs, June 9, 2016

CCUSD: Mon, Aug 24 thru Fri, June 10, 2016

Note: The LAUSD calendar impacts all neighborhood schools, magnet schools, dual-language immersion programs, SAS programs and affiliated converted charter schools. Independent charters, however, get to set their own calendars and may opt for different start dates. To be sure, check their website or call the school directly.

LAUSD Approves 2015-16 Calendar

CalendarThe LAUSD School Board voted yesterday to approve the 2015-16 School Calendar.

First Day of School will be Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Last Day of School will be Friday, June 10, 2016.

Key recesses are:
Thanksgiving Break: Nov 23 – 29, 2015
Winter Break: Dec 19 – Jan 10, 2016
Spring Break: Mar 21- 27, 2016

Negotiations will continue however, and changes are likely for the 2016-17 calendar. Talks include the possibility of pushing the start date back after Labor Day and reorganizing the breaks so the first and second semester have a more evenly distributed number of instructional days. Perhaps the end of Early Start after all? Wouldn’t that be grand!

Calendar Link
News Release

When Does School Start?

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Or more to the point, how soon does school start?

Answer?

Soon!! (August is the new September!)

Here’s a breakdown of the First Day of School 2014-15 – because I know you’ll ask:

LAUSD – Aug 12 (This Tuesday!!)
Goethe Charter – Aug 18
Wish Charter – Aug 18
LACHSA – Aug 19th
SantaMonicaMalibuUSD – Aug 19
City School Charter – Aug 19
Las VirgenesUSD – Aug 20
Culver CityUSD – Aug 25
Larchmont Charter – Aug 25
Ocean Charter – Aug 25
New West Charter – Aug 25
WSCS – Aug 25
CWC MV – Aug 26
El SegundoUSD – Aug 26

Got any more to add to this list? Leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

When is Spring Break?

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For LAUSD families, it starts next week! April 14-18, 2014. (1 week)

For SMMUSD families, it starts today! April 4-18, 2014. (2 weeks)

For CCUSD families, it’s already over and kids are back in school today. March 24- April 4, 2014. (2 weeks)

So, when is the Last Day of School for this year ?

LAUSD – Thurs, June 5, 2014
SMMUSD – Tues, June 10, 2014
CCUSD – Fri, June 13, 2014

LAUSD Calendar
SMMUSD Calendar
CCUSD Calendar

** Remember, independent charters have the freedom to write their own calendars, so check with your school to learn their schedule.

Happy Spring everyone!