Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hot topic: 2010-11 SFUSD calendar

This from an SF K Files reader:
Is the sfusd schedule changing next year? if so, how about asking this on sfkfiles: The new (or is it proposed?) 2010-2011 sfusd schedule has school starting a week earlier 8/16 and ending 5/27. What does that do to your summer travel or camp plans?

16 comments:

  1. Nothing. It's been very well publicized and discussed and there are sound reasons for the shift.

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  2. It definitely puts a damper on our usual August-away plan. We may leave in late July instead. I wonder what it does for those last-week-of-summer camps. Perhaps they will shift to July. Are people thinking about camps already?

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  3. I recall that they shifted the calendar forward in North Carolina a few years ago and it had such a negative effect on tourism that they made it a law that public schools couldn't start before a certain date in August. I do think it hurts tourism. But at the same time, it seems awkward to have kids go home for the holiday break, and then have to come back in January to take exams.

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  4. how is it that nearly all other school systems in the country can figure out how to start around LABOR DAY and end the semester before winter break. Starting in mid-august sucks.

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  5. It's an East Coast vs. Midwest thing. I have connections in both places. Lots of Midwest districts are on the mid-August start plan. But now we will be way off kilter with our East Coast (Northeast) relatives :-(

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  6. I had high hopes that my kids would be able to attend the same summer camp in the Berkshires that I attended as a child.

    Guess that won't be happening.

    CAn't see Summer camps in Massachussets, which cater to kids from all over the East Coast, shifting their schedule to accommodate one SF public school family.

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  7. Our relatives are all in Ireland and Mexico and have July and August off.

    The new schedule really limits us as it means July is the only month we can visit cousins in either country and expect them to be off school. We were hoping to send the kids to Ireland in July and Mexico in August.

    Why is our schedule off with the rest of the world?

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  8. This is going to make life very complicated for those with children in both public and private schools.

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  9. It will also make it complicated with families with kids in public and and also preschool. I guess life is just plain complicated!

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  10. I grew up in the 60s & 70s and started school in mid-August in Texas (Hot!) This schedule has been around for ages in some parts of the country.

    I would welcome my middle and HS kids getting to have a real winter break - most had homework and projects to complete, then just finished exams this week.

    We'll adjust to the new schedule (heck, take the opportunity to get the good air fares before June!)

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  11. I thought the plan was to reduce the summer break by one week and add a week to the winter break - did that idea get canned? Or will it come into play in the 2011-2012 year?

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  12. It looks like winter break is the same 2 weeks. The extra week is off the end. School ends May 30.

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  13. I realize this is not going to elicit much sympathy but this new schedule is going to play havoc with our family. My wife teaches in public school and our son is in private school. Their schedules are totally not in synch. 4 weeks off in August/September. Oh well. Just have to suck it up, I guess. Or move one of them :)

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  14. The idea is not only to have the second quarter end before winter break, but to sync with City College's calendar. It is actually better for summer camps because not many camps were able to cover that last August week when counselors would be heading back to colleges. They're phasing in the new calendar this summer, to ensure enough time for day camp providers to plan to start earlier in June. Sad about missing SF's main warm weather though.

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  15. The reason for the earlier school starting is the Star Test. The schools want a few more weeks of instruction before giving the students the all important Star Test. Not only does this test dictate what is taught to our students, it is now affecting the schedule as well.

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