It is time to get your feedback on our 2018-2019 School Calendar! State statute now requires we utilize a calendar committee with specified membership including certified and classified staff, along with a board member, parents and community members. Our calendar committee has met and looked at a calendar with corresponding dates to this year and past years. Ultimately, the Simpson County Board of Education is responsible for setting the school calendar and we want your input. The link below will allow you to access a short survey on the calendar. Additionally, I have attached a draft calendar for your review.
In the DRAFT CALENDAR, the start date for students is Wednesday, August 8th which follows the pattern we’ve used for several years now. The end of the year for students in the DRAFT CALENDAR is Thursday, May 16th. See Joey Kilburn’s info below for more details about the draft calendar attached.
After reviewing the information, please take a few moments to complete the survey at the link below by Friday, December 15th at 4 PM.
From Joey Kilburn:
Attached is a calendar for the 18-19 school year with dates that correspond to previous years.
The calendar maintains the standard of starting school on the 2nd Wednesday in August, which for the 18-19 school year would be August 8th.
The first LCD would be Tuesday, Sept. 4th, which is the Tuesday after Labor Day.
The first parent-teacher conference day would be Friday, September 21st.
Fall Break will still be the first week in October (October 1-5)
The next Learning community day would be Tuesday, November 6th. This past year that day was in October, but there were no elections in Kentucky in November so we were able to use what had typically been election day as an instructional day. There will be elections in November of 18, so that day cannot be an instructional day.
For Thanksgiving Break, we have maintained the Wednesday-Friday, which will be November 21st-23rd.
Christmas Break requires a little bit of discussion. New Year’s Day will be on Tuesday in 2019. If we start the break on Monday, December 17th, and return to school on Wednesday, January 2nd this would give us 12 weekdays off for the Christmas Break instead of the 10 that we have traditionally done. The only problem with this is that it pushes the last day of school back by 2 days. The alternative would be to have school Monday, December 17th, and Tuesday, December 18th, and then start the break on Wednesday, December 19th, and return to school on Wednesday, January 2nd. The latter is the model used in the attached calendar. Under this model, the last day for students is Thursday, May 16th. If we use the 12-day Christmas break the last day for students would be Monday, May 21st. (obviously, this does not account for any days that we have to make up)
Monday, January 21st is MLK day and by law, this cannot be an instructional day or a teacher work day.
The next LCD would be Tuesday, January 22nd, which is the day after MLK day.
The 2nd parent-teacher conference day will be held on Friday, February 15th.
Monday, February 18th is Presidents Day, and in the attached calendar designated as a day off for students and staff.
The Spring LCD day is on March 9th.
Our Spring Break has typically been in the first full week of April, which would be April 2-6.
The last day for students would be Thursday, May 16th and closing day for staff would be Friday, May 17th.
We could miss up to 9 days of school, and students could get out by Friday, May 31st.
In the 9 years I have been doing this job the most days we have missed in a year is 13 and the average number of days missed per year is 5.5.