Board of Education Approves 2020-2021 School Calendar

Board of Education Approves 2020-2021 School Calendar
Posted on 12/16/2019
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On Monday, December 16, 2019, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District’s Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 School Calendar.  School will begin on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Winter break is ten days and Spring break is the week before Easter. The last day for students is Thursday, June 10, 2021 and high school graduation is Saturday, June 12, 2021.  The coming school year will also include three additional Professional Planning days for staff at elementary schools.


2020-2021 School Calendar


From Thursday, November 21, 2019 through Thursday, December 5, 2019, parents and staff were invited to provide feedback regarding options for the coming year. 


“We drafted two versions of possible 2020-2021 school calendars for consideration,” said Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond. “The primary difference was spring break before Easter (Option A) or spring break after Easter (Option B).  Also, school is not scheduled on certain days due to voting in our schools: Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 and Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Both options balanced the number of days in each quarter and semester. There are 174 days of instruction for secondary students and 171 days of instruction for elementary students.”


There was a total of 3,204 responses (2,449 parents and 755 District staff members).  The Board of Education approved the preferred choice, Option A.


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District Staff Member Response

 

An additional question on the survey involved scheduling three additional teacher planning days during the school year at the elementary level.  “Over the past few years, we consistently receive feedback from teachers about needing more planning and collaboration time. Given that our elementary school schedule includes more than the required number of instructional minutes, we proposed three additional teacher planning days during the school year,” explained Lexmond.  


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As a result of the feedback, the District is moving forward with a pilot of the additional planning days option in 2020-2021.  There will be three Professional Planning Days for elementary schools on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 and Wednesday, March 3, 2021.  


Elementary students will not attend school on those days. The Recreation and Community Services Departments will offer “non-school day camp” from 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at a centralized locations for a fee. Secondary students (e.g., Intermediate and High School) will attend school on those days.  


“The survey feedback helps us plan for the coming year.  We are thankful to parents and staff that responded,” said Lexmond.