WAWM School Board Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar

WAWM School Board Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar
Posted on 12/11/2018
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On Monday, December 10, 2018, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District’s Board of Education approved the 2019-2020 School Calendar. In preparation for the decision, a survey was conducted so parents and staff could provide their input regarding the choices.

“We drafted five versions of possible 2019-2020 school calendars for consideration,” said Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond. “When people reviewed the options, they were asked to keep in mind some of the things that are “non-negotiable.” For example, we cannot start school until after Labor Day. Also, there is a professional development day on April 7, 2020 (schools are closed due to voting), and we needed to schedule 174 days of instruction with a balance of the number of days in each semester and in each quarter.”

The calendar survey ran from November 29, 2018 through December 4, 2018. There were a total of 1,774 responses (1,145 parents and 629 employees).

Options C and D were the preferred choices with parents preferring option D and employees preferring option C. Option C included a ten-day winter break, spring break before Easter, and a last day for students of Tuesday, June 9, 2020. High school graduation would be Saturday, June 13, 2020.

Option D included an eight-day winter break, spring break the week before Easter, and a last day for students of Friday, June 5, 2020. Graduation would be Saturday, June 6, 2020.

“Given the results of the preference of calendars, the survey comments supported ending the school year on Friday, June 5, 2020,“ explained Lexmond. “We recommended that the Board approve calendar Option D.”  

The response to the question: “Some area school districts are working to have an annual common spring break the last full week of March. Are you in favor of an annual common spring break the last full week of March?” the responses were nearly split with a third having no preference.

Still, a  large majority of area districts have moved to a common spring break the last full week of March.

“We will likely conduct another survey next year as we work through this. The input is important to us and we value the feedback.” adds Lexmond.

The is the approved 2019-2020 school calendar for parents: