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Results for Survey #97: Calendar Survey - Fall 2015
I am: Please provide any comments/suggestions you have regarding the 2016-2017 AACPS School Calendar. Datetime
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student Begin school after Labor Day. Keep 2 day conferences for elementary in fall. Have conferences Nov 17 and 18, 2016 for elementary. Have Thanksgiving Break Nov 23-26. This is how it was done in 1970s-1980s in AACPS. Shorten Spring Break to Thursday before Easter-Easter Monday. 2015-10-06 15:03
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Starting on August 19th pushes us too close to the end of June. This could negatively impact summer school and academies. I would strongly support starting earlier in August. 2015-10-06 15:05
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please reduce Thanksgiving and Easter Break. 2015-10-06 15:05
A parent of an elementary school student Starting school year earlier- no problem there. Thanksgiving Break- I agree about reducing this. Most counties in the area go to school until Wednesday which is a half day. Teachers use Monday & Tuesday for conferences but need to go back to doing conferences in the evening. Easter Break- Please reduce this number. Why in the world do kids get off the day after Easter - I still don't understand. Go back to doing only Thursday & Friday for Easter Break. 2015-10-06 15:05
A parent of a high school student Reduce the number of days for the Thanksgiving holiday. M, T, W should be school days 2015-10-06 15:05
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) to a lesser number. I feel reducing the number of days for Easter break will interfere in vacation time. 2015-10-06 15:06
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would prefer holidays were all shortened so the kids could get out sooner and go back later. I do not think extra days need to be put in for conferences because it makes it difficult on parents. 2015-10-06 15:06
A parent of a high school student would like to keep the entire Easter break; would like to start the year earlier to allow the last day of school to be earlier; I would prefer quarterly high school assessments over final exams 2015-10-06 15:06
A parent of a high school student Please leave us with a full week of springbreak. The children, parents and children need it! It also provides time for those of us who have family In other states time to travel in order to visit. 2015-10-06 15:07
A parent of a high school student Please leave us with a full week of springbreak. The children, parents and children need it! It also provides time for those of us who have family In other states time to travel in order to visit. 2015-10-06 15:07
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student I don't understand why the proposed calendar for next year is so long compared to past years. August 29th to June 26th? Why such a huge spread? Please reply to vmcelhose@yahoo.com. Thank you. 2015-10-06 15:07
A parent of an elementary school student I think school should start earlier and end earlier. Breaks are way too long and need to be shortened. 2015-10-06 15:07
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student 1. The school year starts too early and ends too late. Period. 2. Thanksgiving break should only be Thursday and Friday. 3. Easter break should be Thursday-Monday. 4.NO days off for parent-teacher conferences! I taught in MA, NH and AZ and we NEVER had days off for conferences, just PD. 5. Winter holiday needs to be TWO weeks. 2015-10-06 15:07
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student I would love to have a 5 day spring break and end the school year a few days earlier. Due to some of the other days we have off, we seem to get out so much later than many other places and it impacts students from being able to attend some summer camp and college opportunities. 2015-10-06 15:08
A parent of a high school student How will adjusting the start day for the 2016-2017 school year affect the end of the 2015-2016 school year? Why shorten the Thanksgiving and Spring breaks? If you are choosing one over the other I would go with Thanksgiving as more people tend to travel for spring break, thanksgiving is at the end of the year and its harder for working parents to get that time off from work but Spring break is at the beginning of the year when working parents will probably have more time off to use. Also there is a lot less time off given to students the last part of the year than the beginning part of the year. 2015-10-06 15:08
A parent of an elementary school student There are too many days off. I don't see a difference in the calendar, except added days off. There should be less days off. 2015-10-06 15:08
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please go to quarterly assessments and do away with semester exams and the 2 hour early dismissals. Reduce Thanksgiving break, and go to school Easter Monday. 2015-10-06 15:08
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please leave the entire week off at Easter Break. Some vacations have been planned years in advance for these dates. In addition, if you lesson the number of days, parents will choose not to send their students on one or all of the days. Teachers will only have a handful of students in the class and the instruction will not be up to the daily standard (meaningful). 2015-10-06 15:08
A parent of an elementary school student 1. Reduce Thanksgiving Break to 2 days (Thursday through Sunday) - We have a big break at Christmas. Its ridiculous to have two big breaks so close together. 2. Easter Break should remain in my opinion. 3. I am a fan of a day in the first and third marking periods for Parent Teacher Conferences but I would prefer to have a few or a couple half days of school in lieu of days off. This enables parents to have a couple days to choose from and is least intrusive to the academic schedule IMO. Thanks. 2015-10-06 15:09
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I currently like the later August start and end of June end date. Would not cut out Thanksgiving or Easter break vacation - great time to go on vacation. 2015-10-06 15:09
A parent of an elementary school student There are too many days off. Less days off. 2015-10-06 15:09
A parent of an elementary school student School should not start earlier in August, it should definitely start after Labor Day. School start times in the morning should be pushed back as much as possible. Replace final exams with quarterly exams. Shortening any holiday breaks, including Easter or Thanksgiving sounds good to me! 2015-10-06 15:09
A parent of an elementary school student I would be more than happy to eliminate the spring break days and the days before Thanksgiving. Finding childcare mid year is harder than summer. They already start early enough and late enough. The problem is all the days off during the year. I also like the idea of more parent teacher conferences. It is often the ONLY time we get to talk to a teacher and discuss how to help our child progress. 2015-10-06 15:09
An AACPS employee I think shortening the Spring Break to have off Friday and Monday and/or beginning school before the 29th of August are good ideas to get out before June 23rd. 2015-10-06 15:09
A parent of a high school student   2015-10-06 15:10
A parent of an elementary school student Do not shorten thanksgiving break or easter break. get rid of some of the jewish holidays or some other days off. the school year should not end that late. Jeez it seems our kids used to get 3 months off now its 2. to many new holidays and days off. 2015-10-06 15:10
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student There is no reason why we need to start the school year any sooner than August 29th and finish June 26th. If we were to decrease the number of days before Thanksgiving and Easter break we would not have to be in school for as long as we do now. I truly feel that all this time off is wasted time to where the student can be learning verses time sitting home. If a parent is going to take vacation then he/she will do so with or without the time allotted for the students to be off. I went through the system and don't remember being in school as early and late as the public schools time frame now. 2015-10-06 15:11
A parent of a middle school student As a working parent, I strongly support reducing the number of vacation days for Thanksgiving break. It is an unnecessarily long break and I would prefer for it to be just Thanksgiving and the Friday after. In general, early dismissal days also pose a logistical hardship for working parents that is more complicated than days off, and I don't understand why they are necessary. 2015-10-06 15:12
A parent of a middle school student 2015-10-06 15:12
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Would like to start the school year earlier AND reduce Thanksgiving holiday by two days to end earlier. Also, suggest considering full-days for professional development instead of several half-days. 2015-10-06 15:13
A parent of a middle school student Not in favor of going earlier. In favor of shorter Thanksgiving and Spring break In favor of reducing # of teacher workdays Find it absurd that the last day is June 26. You need to look at other schools throughout the calendar who manage to go to school at the same time or later in August and yet still finish in early June. June 26 is completely ridiculous, how about more 5 day weeks? 2015-10-06 15:13
A parent of an elementary school student * I am in favor of having less school days off during the Thanksgiving and Spring Break (Easter) in order to have the last day of school be earlier in June. 2015-10-06 15:14
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please do away with Conference Days in November and instead hold them in the afternoon/evening and do away with the lengthy Spring Break to allow an earlier end to the school year. 2015-10-06 15:14
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student Other states have parent teacher conferences the week before Thanksgiving and they dismiss 2 hrs. early every day that week. That would solve many problems. I am opposed to parent teacher conferences in addition to the November conferences. 2015-10-06 15:14
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student leave the calendar as is but if you are going to change something take away Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. 2015-10-06 15:14
A parent of a middle school student School should not start until after Labor Day like many of the surrounding states. Shorter Thanksgiving break and Spring break would be good. Absolutely no need for 3 days of parent teacher conferences, already too many days off during year. 2015-10-06 15:15
A parent of an elementary school student I am very much opposed to ending the year so late. I would far prefer to see the Thanksgiving break reduced to three vs five days (anecdotally, I have never talked to an AACPS parent who likes the five day break). I'd also like to see conference days restructured-perhaps we can have several half days with conferences in afternoons. The long thanksgiving break and sporadic conference days are quite challenging for working parents, in particular, to manage without spending extra for daycare or using all of my vacation days. Thanks for your consideration. 2015-10-06 15:15
A parent of a high school student I feel spring break should continue to be a week long and Thanksgiving week can be reduced. I am an elementary teacher in another county and do not feel it is necessary to have a conferences every quarter 2015-10-06 15:15
A parent of an elementary school student While lessening the Thanksgiving and Easter holiday weeks may help with shortening the school year, I would like to see an indemnification for those children who have a family obligation and are off those days. A ways to not be penalized for missed days if that is not feasible for their family. 2015-10-06 15:15
A parent of an elementary school student I think school should start sooner and end sooner than the Aug 29th and June 26th date. Schools all over the country have already started their summer a month before and their school year before these dates. Also the Thanksgiving break does not need to be the whole week. I can deal with Wed-Fri to get a longer Christmas Break. The extra two days would be a big deal to me as we travel during the Cheustmas holidays and always have to take our kids out of school. As for Spring Break, it needs to remain a week. There are a lot of families in our community that have out of town relatives and we use this time to visit with them. If need be, get rid of some of the early dismissal days, there are plenty of those. 2015-10-06 15:15
A parent of an elementary school student When making up inclement weather days, the first day used should be April 17th. It does not make sense to start from the beginning of the break when there is a single day in the following week that can easily be used. 2015-10-06 15:16
A parent of an elementary school student Start time of High School later Start School after Labor Day Reduce spring Break and Thanksgiving Break 2015-10-06 15:16
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student School year is too long already. Do not extend it. Get rid of some of these crazy useless days off. We do NOT need extra conference days. If you really want to add them for elementary school, then send the middle and high school kids to school then anyway and reduce their year. It's getting crazy how long in to june the year goes. This is leaving no time for summer interships/meaningful jobs and family vacations. HS students are having to choose family OR work. THat is not an acceptable choice for these kids. Get rid of all the half days. There are way too many of them. Condense the year. There is no need for a full week at Thanksgiving OR at Easter. A couple days each is fine. Stop making ALL the kids at ALL levels attend the same hours. It is the dumbest thing ever to send elementary kids home 2 hours early because the high schoolers have exams. 2015-10-06 15:16
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student move teacher in-service days to the summer and keep the school year with in September to early June not late June. You are killing Family time! why do the elementary schools need to get out early for high school exams and why do high schools get out for elementary school conferences? Other counties in the state keep the different levels schedules separate. Why do all kids need to be off for a day of parent teacher conferences when not all kids need conferences? The CBMS teacher conferences are non-existent. They consist of my child and I going through her graded work, which I can see at home or though parent connect, while the teacher grades other papers or cleans their room. There are no teachers involved. It is a total waste of time. 2015-10-06 15:16
A parent of a high school student we need breaks throughout the year, we need Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter vacation. Summer is usually too long anyway. I'm actually in favor of year-round school. 2015-10-06 15:16
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student I agree with shortening the Thanksgiving break. Spring break as well. Use the 3-hour ED days for conferences and we start at the current date of 8/29. 2015-10-06 15:16
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please do not start the school year ANY earlier than the proposed last week in August. PLEASE cut down the days off for the Thanksgiving break. It is too long of a break before the December holiday break. Please go back to the 1/2 day Wed, off Thurs and Fri. Spring Break is too long a break for the kids. Please shorten the time off to a long weekend. 2015-10-06 15:17
A parent of a middle school student I see no reason to have additional parent -teacher conference days at the expense of Thanksgiving break. Working parents can't keep taking off work and if a conference is necessary, then that parent should use the teacher's office hours. Mid-June is late enough to end the school year. 2015-10-06 15:17
An AACPS employee Start August 29. Cut thanksgiving down to 3 days. Cut down spring break. No parent conference days 2015-10-06 15:17
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Remove the following "school's closed" days from the calendar: 3, 12 and 21 Oct 15; 8, 21, 22, 23 Nov 15; 23 Dec 15; 30 and 31 Jan 16; 17 Apr 16. This moves the "last day to 7 Jun 16. With a little work, you can do 2-3 days of final exams during full days of school and therefore, you could be done with the school year by 2 Jun 16. 2015-10-06 15:18
A parent of an elementary school student I would like to see the thanksgiving holiday be adjusted to 3 school days off. I would be in favor of adjusting the August start date in order for the last day of school to be before June 26th. 2015-10-06 15:18
A parent of an elementary school student Stop all the silly two hour early days and holidays off (that aren't real holidays)...and let them get out earlier and actually have a summer!! 2015-10-06 15:18
A parent of an elementary school student Would advocate for maintaining current vacations for both spring break and Easter. Breaking up days off is challenging for working families; easier to plan for continuous days off for child care. Also, would advocate for considering moving the horribly inconvenient Friday off after Columbus Day to the federal holiday to coincide with when many parents are already off of work. Again, it creates undue burden on working parents by creating a forced three day work week. Teachers have to be at work anyway so it shouldn't matter if their in service day shifts. Neutral on earlier start date for schools. 2015-10-06 15:18
A parent of an elementary school student Reducing Thanksgiving break seems like a good idea (it seems like the kids get too many days off for this holiday), but not Spring Break. A lot of families, including mine, use Spring Break for their yearly vacation as not to impose on the school year. Given the summer camps and other schedule sports, etc., Spring Break is a better time for this and I feel that reducing the number of allotted days would cause children to miss school unnecessarily. Thank you. 2015-10-06 15:19
A parent of an elementary school student I have no problem with the school year starting earlier August 2016 to release earlier in June 2017. I do, however, really like the full week at Thanksgiving and feel the students need a week in the Spring. It does not have to be Easter week although I would keep my child home on Good Friday. Also is it really necessary in AA County to close schools for the 2 Jewish Holidays in September? Perhaps it is just my immediate community but we do not have a large Jewish population so I feel these are unnecessary lost days especially in the beginning of the year when everyone is trying to get back into the swing. Parents always have the right to keep their children home for religious reasons as I would for Good Friday and I'm sure area Muslims do for Ramadan and so on. Thank you for hearing my thoughts and opinions! 2015-10-06 15:19
A parent of an elementary school student Maybe if the school system did not have a week and a 1/2 in January of basically no school (due to HS exam schedules? no other county in MD does this), as well as lessens the number of professional days and 1/2 days, the kids would get enough days in school to not have to go back in August and be there until almost the 4th of July. This.is.ridiculous. 2015-10-06 15:19
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a special school student The school year is long enough. No matter when it starts and if there are snow days , the last week or 2 of school is spent doing pretty much Nothing and that is not an exaggeration. I do not see where shortening breaks to make kids come 1 day in a week helps. School should start first week of September and end second week of June or no later than the 16th. Watch classes this year and you will see they are all done before then. 2015-10-06 15:20
Other Why don't you start school after Labor Day and remove the unnecessary days off for holidays that not everyone observes. 2015-10-06 15:20
A parent of a middle school student My first suggestion would be to reduce the Thanksgiving and Easter breaks so that the kids can finish on June 15 or 16. Second option would be starting on Aug 22. Thanks. 2015-10-06 15:20
A parent of an elementary school student I suggest Easter/spring be Thursday, Friday, and Easter Monday. Thanksgiving break Wednesday through Friday. 2015-10-06 15:20
A parent of a high school student Reduce the number of professional development days. No Thanksgiving break! Thursday and Friday are enough. We are the only county with the whole week off. Consider reducing the amount of days during winter break. Get rid of all holidays except the 7 federal holidays. Go back to what works. Stop acknowledging every religious holiday or holy day. A parent of that religion always has the option to keep their child home. 2015-10-06 15:21
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I suggest reducing the Thanksgiving break by two days. In addition, beginning the school year a few days earlier would be acceptable. Spring break is also excessive and could lose a day or two. Thanks for considering the input of a working parent :) 2015-10-06 15:22
A parent of a high school student Please stop the madness!!! School always used to end by around June 10th-- why oh why oh why does it gave to go until June 26??? Absurd!! Get rid of the week off at thanksgiving and the week off at Easter. Start after Labor Day and end at Memorial Day! PLEASE!!!! 2015-10-06 15:22
A parent of a high school student Need to combine professional development days with previously scheduled days off. There is no reason that the school year should extend through the entire month of June. 2015-10-06 15:22
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student June 26 as a release date is unacceptable. How about we go to school during the school year? All these days off and half days, have the kids go to school. My kids, both who are A students, are DONE by Memorial Day. Most of the June dates are filled with movies, picnics, field days and other nonsense. Get the kids out earlier in June, and start after Labor Day like it had been done for decades. It's doable. Figure it out. 2015-10-06 15:22
A parent of an elementary school student Please lessen the number of days for the Thanksgiving holiday. It is hard to find someone to watch my kids during this time. 2015-10-06 15:22
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I would not like to have the students start school earlier than Aug 29. If you are looking for days so the students get out earlier than June 22 - I would prefer days be taken from Spring Break first, then Thanksgiving week. 2015-10-06 15:23
A parent of a high school student School should start after Labor Day just like Calvert County. They still get out earlier then AA County. 2015-10-06 15:23
An AACPS employee I would love to have school start after labor day for the reason that it is way too hot to start in August. Limit the days off during the school year and end around 2nd week of June giving families more opportunities to have vacations without cutting them short. 2015-10-06 15:24
A parent of an elementary school student The current day out is 6/22, not 6/26 according to your calendar. I like the late start date. I also like the Thanksgiving break. I have no problems shortening the spring break or removing it all together. Why do we need to take the Jewish holidays off? It doesn't make any sense. 2015-10-06 15:24
A parent of a special school student I believe it should be left the way it is. Not all families live close together and holidays is the only time some people even get to see certain family members. The 5 day break makes it much easier to travel safely and get quality time with family! These kids are in school enough and even sent home with hours of home work they deserve the breaks! 2015-10-06 15:25
A parent of a high school student I would shorten the Thanksgiving holiday and I would start the school year on the 22nd. I also feel that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are holidays that AACPS should not be taking off. AA has less than .02% of the Jewish Population 2015-10-06 15:27
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student AACPS is considering the elimination of Midterm and Final Exams. Would that have a knock on effect of eliminating the 8 2-hour early dismissal days in January and June? In effect adding 16 hours of instructional time (or about 2.5 days) back into the year. would this not offset the days needed for parent conferences? 2015-10-06 15:27
A parent of an elementary school student I am in FAVOR of reducing the Thanksgiving break, the Easter break. I am NOT in favor of starting the school year earlier nor do I think we need 3 days for parent teacher conferences. 2015-10-06 15:27
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I think time needs to be taken away from Easter and Thanksgiving Vacation. Starting the school year a little sooner and getting out for the summer earlier. 2015-10-06 15:27
A parent of an elementary school student I do not agree with shortening the breaks for the students. Nor do I agree with starting school earlier. 2015-10-06 15:28
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student The school year is too long. Reduce spring break to only Friday and Monday around Easter. Eliminate ALL Jewish holidays. They only serve a small minority of students. No tests should be given on Jewish holidays to accommodate these students. One parent/teacher conference is sufficient. 2015-10-06 15:28
A parent of an elementary school student I think that Thanksgiving break could definitely be shorter (Wednesday - Friday) and school could also start earlier. I think that Spring break should be left alone and that Christmas Break needs to be longer. This year's break starting on Christmas eve is a real inconvenience for families that need to travel out of state. I will be taking my children out of school this year and in future years that do not allow adequate time for travel. 2015-10-06 15:28
A parent of an elementary school student I agree with lessening the holiday weeks but do not think they should start the school year earlier. 2015-10-06 15:29
A parent of a middle school student I think school should start after Labor Day reduce Easter/Spring break to Friday and Monday to help make up the later start date. No conferences most information is done through email and back to school night. 2015-10-06 15:29
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I think we should consolidate more days off. For example, when we have Spring break the week before Easter and then have Easter Monday off also. Just move the week to include Easter Monday and save a day there. Coincide days off with Federal Holidays like Columbus day to help those parents who work instead of having random Fridays off. 2015-10-06 15:30
A parent of an elementary school student In regards to the 2016-17 calendar I feel that it is unacceptable to have the students go to school through June 26th. We are already one of the few counties in Maryland that get out this late in June. For the 2015-16 school year, our children are attending school over a week longer than other counties (in some cases). Why not shorten Thanksgiving break to 2 days Thursday and Friday), eliminate the "semester break" in January, Spring Break to 3 days (Thursday to Monday) and not have so many early dismissal and teacher development days. The last week of school could be shortened to 2 full days instead of having a week of 1/2 day classes. We would be getting out on June 26th 2017 and still going back before Labor Day. That is just unacceptable. 2015-10-06 15:31
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Ending the school year on June 26 is nuts. The kids are done by June 1. We need to shorten Thanksgiving and spring break. I went 180 days and we started in late August and got out very beginning of June in western PA with tons of snow. Not sure why we cannot do this here. 2015-10-06 15:31
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I think the Thanksgiving break can be shorter, most states only do a day or 2 2015-10-06 15:31
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Cut out a bunch of the days off during the school year. Shorten Easter break. I think quarterly assessments would be easier for the students but unforunately add too many days to the calendar. 2015-10-06 15:31
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student *I would NOT want the students to start after Labor Day as the state is suggesting. *I suggest not taking an entire week off for Spring Break. Do what we used to do and take a Thursday, Friday, and then the Monday after Easter off. *If Thanksgiving week was changed, how would elementary teachers get their conferences in? *I do not think a conference is needed for each marking period. At most an early release day, where teachers could meet with parents of students that they had concerns about-not meeting with every parent. 2015-10-06 15:31
A parent of a high school student Get rid of spring break so schools can close earlier then the end of June. 2015-10-06 15:32
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student decrease thanksgiving and spring break days off and make changes to the January calendar where it's 4 days or 2 hour early dismissals followed by 2 days off for the kids. 2015-10-06 15:34
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Consider starting the school year after labor day Make the day off in Oct coincide with the Federal holiday (Columbus Day) Reduce Thanksgiving break to Wed-Fri Remove Easter monday as a day off 2015-10-06 15:35
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a special school student Please do not take away any of the Thanksgiving or Spring Break days. These are the only full weeks we get to have family vacation. We are planning for travel Thanksgiving week 2016 and plan to visit family in TX Spring Break like we always do. Start school earlier than August 29 if you want, I don't think that is a big deal. Most of the country is back in school much earlier. FYI- the calendar has the school year ending June 22 (June 23 for teachers), not June 26 which is listed in the e-mail you just sent. 2015-10-06 15:35
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student School should end before June 26, 2016 - that is entirely too late - especially if there is snow/weather related closings. Spring break and Thanksgiving break should be shortened. There should not be three conference days - one to two at the end of the first marking period is sufficient. Reduce professional days and days that schools are closed for religious based holidays. 2015-10-06 15:37
A parent of an elementary school student Reducing the number of days for thanksgiving break is fine, but please do not change Spring break and please, please do make the school year from Aug 29th until June 26th. That's waaaay too long of a school year. August 29th is ok for a start date but school should end the first week of June!!!! 2015-10-06 15:38
A parent of an elementary school student We are a military family, and therefore I will be giving my input with that in mind. Start/end dates: For families moving out of the district, an earlier end date would help our students to be more on track with other schools, so I would support earlier start/end dates. Thanksgiving: As someone who would take advantage of my children having time off at Thanksgiving in order to visit family living out of state, I would be opposed to shortening the number of days off. Spring Break: I fully believe that, by the time Easter/Spring Break hits, the kids are ready for more than just a long weekend break. Four days is the minimum I would do, and would, in fact, hope for at least 5. 2015-10-06 15:38
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a special school student I have 2 children in AACPS I think they should start earlier in August like other schools do in other states around us. I think its crazy to get out of school the end of June when many have been on vacation for a few weeks. There are a lot of teacher work days where the kids are off. The kids are off for a lot of Jewish holidays and I'm sure there are not a lot of Jewish kids in the county. We should ALWAYS be able to celebrate MAIN holidays......New years, Easter, Memorial day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas..... 2015-10-06 15:38
A parent of an elementary school student I def don't think we should start any earlier. If anything I would love to start school after Labor Day. I don't think we need week for thanksgiving. Thanksgiving and the day after is enough. And I think for Easter, Friday before and Monday after is enough too. I think cutting those out should end us earlier in June then later. To end at end of June is insane. 2015-10-06 15:39
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I do not agree with spreading out the school year by inserting more exams and more conferences. Parents can call conferences any time they want to. After elementary school they do everything possible to not have parents come to school for conferences. I have relatives in Michigan who start after Labor Day, finish the first week of June, and have more days off for winter and spring breaks. How do they do that and still have 180 days? Well the do not have MLK day or Jewish holidays, but they only have off two days at Thanksgiving and winter break is the Friday and Tuesday around President's Day. They also have all of their parent teacher conferences in the evening for three nights in a row for three hours. This is much more conducive for parents to be able to come in without taking off from work. Also, every other Friday is a two hour early dismissal day. This works out to be only 18 hours total by the end of the year. They have two weeks off in December and Spring Break is Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the week after Easter. Since it is a state law that we have off Easter Monday, this would work well for AACPS. If AACPS could adopt a calendar more like this, they could build in a full week of snow days or more at the end of the school year and still be better than having teachers getting what feels like just the Month of July off at this point. Family vacations are very important and by continuing to find ways to stretch out the calendar, I feel that students will opt to miss more days of school during the year if they are limited to a day off here and there and shortening the entire summer. 2015-10-06 15:39
A parent of an elementary school student I wouldn't support lessing the vacation time for thanksgiving or easter breaks as these two vacations are some of the only vacation weeks our family has. My husband travels a lot for work and our daughter doesn't get to spend much time with him. We value our vacation breaks at Thanksgiving and Easter. Please don't shorten these breaks. 2015-10-06 15:40
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Reduce the Thanksgiving break Reduce Easter GET RID OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS - under 5% of the student population is Jewish and yet 100% of the population is off for the holiday. Allow the students and teachers to be off without penalty and make up the work and let the rest of the students go to school. It is ridiculous for everyone to be off when there is such a small percentage. That is 2 days right there to reduce the end of the year. The kids getting out of school june 26th is way too late. Setting aside 3 days for parent-teacher conferences is not necessary. In this day and age of email, it is easy to be in touch with teachers. 2015-10-06 15:40
A parent of an elementary school student The school year should start AFTER Labor Day and end by June 15th. Get rid of the following days off to accomplish this. 10/3, 10/12, 11/21, 11/22, 1/16, 2/20, 9/21, 10/21, 1/30, 1/31. All teacher professional development can happen the week before school starts. Clearly the professional development instruction is not working. Homework is not graded. Tests come home weeks later and the teachers dress like they are heading over to Lowes to buy paint. Come on! Cargo pants, flip flops, tee shirts! The Anne Arudel County teachers are a joke! Absolutely do NOT start school any earlier in the summer. All of the early dismissals are ridiculous Get rid of those too. Get some more buses. It is uncalled for that Quarterfield ES students get home after 4pm. 2015-10-06 15:41
A parent of an elementary school student Reduce the number of thanksgiving and spring break days. Parent-teacher conferences should be held after school 2015-10-06 15:42
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student AACPS calendars are horrendous. My parents both spent their careers in education. My brother is a college professor and I am an elementary/preschool teacher. In Pennsylvania we never started school before Labor Day and ended by the first week in June. AACPS has off for every holiday ever imagined and every other conceivable reason. My suggestion would be to cut the Thanksgiving holiday to Wednesday through Friday.You should have quarterly tests because students will no doubt perform better on quarterly exams when information is fresh in their minds.The January schedule is a joke, as the children just come back from Christmas break, are off for MLK Day,then have a day off AND teacher work day in the middle of the month?! And quite possibly snow days?! Ridiculous!!!! There is absolutely NO REASON that my children should have to start school before the last week in August or end school the last week in June! If you can't get a full school calendar in before June 14, then you're wasting a whole lot of time inbetween. 2015-10-06 15:43
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student June 26 is too late to let out school. Start one day earlier than the 29th, Reduce Thanksgiving break by 1 day, and spring break by 1 day. There is no need for building in 3 days of conferences. If an individual student is in need of a conference that can be planned on a case by case basis. The previous student led conferences are a waste of time. We should NOT replace finals with quarterly assessments. While the board states that it better mimics college exams, I believe the exact opposite. We need to reduce testing at the national and state level like PARCC and HSA and PSAT. 2015-10-06 15:43
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I hate that our school schedule puts the needs of our kids after the needs of employee work days. Kids need to go back to school after Labor Day- it's not fair that we send them back early so teachers can have work in service days and do many religious holidays. The month of September is ridiculous. So many short weeks. Just give the kids off the last week of August and excuse the absences of those who chose to miss a day for religious reasons. 2015-10-06 15:44
A parent of a middle school student PLEASE shorten the number of days, during the year, so our kids can get out before 6/26. My first request would be teacher conferences spread out during early dismissal days, then shorten spring break, then Thanksgiving. Bottom line, cut days during the year, so the kids can have a summer!!! 2015-10-06 15:44
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Moving from Fairfax Count all is good - EXCEPT your school calendar! Please DO not start any earlier than Aug 29th. School should start after labor day. Based on 15-16 year Fairfax county has same # days off through the year, same hours in day, yet start later and get out same and have 12 snow days built in. And they have GREAT schools. Maybe look at what they do. Take away Thanksgiving days if you must - but not Easter break. 2015-10-06 15:45
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I am in favor of starting school in the middle of August to avoid school going until late June. Please do not change the fall conference/Thanksgiving schedule. I think we should go back to just Good Friday off at Easter. 2015-10-06 15:45
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please keep Thanksgiving and Spring breaks as is. Do not add teacher conference days. Do not end school later. 2015-10-06 15:46
A parent of a high school student Please, please, please find a way to get kids out before 6/26. Shorten the days off, during the year. Start with a shorter spring break, then conferences, then Thanksgiving. Whether the correct end date is 6/22 or 6/26, either option is unacceptable. Are we state mandated to have Jewish Holidays? 2015-10-06 15:46
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Getting out 6-26 is ridiculous !!! Kids need their summer. 2015-10-06 15:47
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I strongly believe that final exams should not be removed from the high school days and curriculum. Finals are a way to gauge what a student has learned throughout the year and also prepares the student for college life, where exams are mostly semester and final exams. In the proposed calendar, school starts on Aug 29 and ends on June 22, not June 26 as the email states. Starting school earlier should not be necessary. 2015-10-06 15:47
An AACPS employee Are the Jewish holidays a place that cuts could be made? Not many of my students typically observe them. I dislike the frequency and usefulness of all the myriad 2-hr dismissal dates and professional dates. I would rather have them at the beginning and end of the year...elementary teachers do not have exams to grade and if our planning is uninterrupted or scheduled with meetings report cards are manageable within our work hours. 2015-10-06 15:47
Other a shorter spring break to get out earlier 2015-10-06 15:48
Other a shorter spring break to get out earlier 2015-10-06 15:48
A parent of an elementary school student I am not in favor of the children going back to school any earlier then what is already set. 2015-10-06 15:48
A parent of an elementary school student I think that getting out on June 26th as way to late. I would rather switch to the quarter system. There is no need for all schools to have off after the high schools have exams. I would rather start earlier in August, like we did this year. 2015-10-06 15:49
A parent of an elementary school student The end date of 6/26 is ridiculous especially with a start date before labor day. Why is it that we need so many early dismissals as well as long weeks during Thanksgiving and in January! Something needs to change. 2015-10-06 15:49
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student I do not think school should start before 8/29/16. In fact, I would be happy for it to start after Labor Day. I feel that students should attend school on the Mon/Tues of Thanksgiving Break. Perhaps they could be early dismissal days to accommodate conferences. I also think Spring Break should go back to just being Fri & Mon like it used to be, or perhaps Thurs/Fri/Mon. 6 days is definitely too many. There is also no reason to have off the 2 days in January after testing, since the vast majority of tests are computerized. Finally, I believe you need to fix the calendar for Jewish & Muslim holidays. The calendar should always list these holidays, even when they fall on the weekend. Schools use the calendar to plan evening & weekend activities, & if they're not listed on weekends, there are official school sanctioned events. Additionally, you should add the first 2 nights of Passover to the calendar. They are extremely important, & equivalent to Easter. Finally, you should further amend the calendar to state that no extracurricular activities should be planned from sundown the night before through the following evening. Many schools & teachers are still assigning work/activities on the evenings of those holidays since that is not explicitly stated on the calendar 2015-10-06 15:49
A parent of a high school student If we didn't have so many days off during the year( the one day here, one day here) we wouldn't have to start so early nor end 4 days before July. Yes, to shortening Thanksgiving, no to Easter, no to ending June 26, , no to 3 parent teacher conferences ( ridiciculous) yes to the supervisor and board that recommends this to look around to other districts to understand how to schedule. 2015-10-06 15:49
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student 1) Definitely shorten Thanksgiving break and start school earlier. 2) It would be nice to hold on to spring break. 3) June 26 is way too late. Kids start to check out by mid June. 4) It would be great to have parent-teacher conferences built into the school year but not at the expense of extending days or cutting into scheduled breaks. 2015-10-06 15:50
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student The kids are going to school too long into the summer, and the 2016-2017 as it stands will ruin a family vacation and tradition that we have been taking for 20+ years. As a parent and educator, I feel there is no need to close for parent conferences after each marking period. I also feel like too much time is given for parent conferences in November. In this technology age, it is so easy to send emails to resolve issues, or to meet over a video chat. In person time could be set up as a 2-hour early dismissal day, and only for those that need to meet. And please shorten Spring Break! I would much rather have the time off in the summer. I wouldn't mind a shorter Thanksgiving break as well! 2015-10-06 15:50
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student The school year, starting in August and ending near the end of June, is simply too long. Cutting back on the days off throughout the school year would be preferable. 2015-10-06 15:50
An AACPS employee we do not need 3 days of parent conferences spread through out the year. We have these conferences as the need arises (before school, after school or during planning). 2015-10-06 15:51
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student Shorten Spring Break begin school earlier in August eliminate conference days Keep Thanksgiving Break the same 2015-10-06 15:52
A parent of an elementary school student Please start earlier than August 29 so that we can get out earlier in June. I'm not sure what is changing the minds of everyone when we have done this for the past several years. I also think it is ridiculous to have three conference days allotted into the school calendar when most people cannot get off from work anyway to attend during that time. We should just be going after school at the conference is needed. This is also the same for early release days. If we would simply stick to full days, we would not be going so late in the school year or having to start so early. I think that we need Wednesday before Thanksgiving off, but we do not need Monday and Tuesday. We had a military family, and we have lived all over. The calendar in Anne Arundel County is filled with unnecessary days off.. Please take a look at calendars in the Northeast such as New Jersey and Rhode Island well is taking all of our comments into account. 2015-10-06 15:52
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a special school student I am happy with the proposed school schedule 2015-10-06 15:52
A parent of a high school student Start school after Labor Day. End it by June 15. Make Thanksgiving break Wed-Friday only. Make Easter break Good Friday - Easter Monday only. Quit giving so damn many professional days. AND START SCHOOL LATER AT 8:30 A.M. for high school. 2015-10-06 15:52
A parent of an elementary school student If we are looking for more days of school I suggest we stop taking the days for religious holidays. That would give us three extra days next year. The summer is already so short. 2015-10-06 15:52
A parent of an elementary school student It is crazy to have the kids get out so late. They need a summer break. This is ridiculous 2015-10-06 15:53
A parent of an elementary school student I do not understand why, with summer vacation barely being two months to begin with, the suggestion would even be on the table to shorten it again. I feel this is a terrible idea. Kids are being asked too much of already in school to preform for the sake of school funding. They need a break! 2015-10-06 15:53
A parent of a middle school student Start school one week earlier so the students get out one week earlier. Students were in school 2 full weeks before Labor Day this year. June 26th is entirely too late for students to be in school. I am all for reducing Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks. This should also shorten the end of school time also. 2015-10-06 15:53
A parent of a high school student I strongly oppose starting school before 8/29 - it's already one week before labor day - stop the creep into August vacation time! Why don't you have them go to school on 12/23? And shorten Thanksgiving break to Wed-Fri - parents don't get the time off from work anyway. And no more Easter Monday nonsense - who celebrates that anyway? I'd also like to know how much of the school/student population celebrates the Jewish holidays anymore -- seems like we should be celebrating Muslim ones instead, or none at all like Montgomery County. 2015-10-06 15:53
A parent of an elementary school student I'd prefer starting after Labor Day and NOT having the Jewish Holidays off. Too much disruption to the normal schedule. I'd prefer just Wed - Friday off for Thanksgiving, and 2 days at Easter is also fine. More seems excessive. 2015-10-06 15:54
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Shorter thanksgiving break & shorter spring break. Have school end earlier in June. 2015-10-06 15:55
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student The kids school schedule is long and crazy enough, changing holiday schedules is going to really mess up the custody agreement my ex and I have. The eariler start is rediculous. I see "early dismissals" because of heat happening! 2015-10-06 15:55
A parent of an elementary school student I suggest we keep the full week off at Thanksgiving for teacher conferences and to allow families to travel. I would suggest shortening spring break to just Wednesday - Monday. I think only 1 day of teacher conferences is needed. Others could be accommodated on an as needed period during planning periods etc. 2015-10-06 15:56
A parent of an elementary school student I would definitely suggest starting earlier than the 29th of August. The end date is too late and that is without the possibility of snow days. 2015-10-06 15:57
A parent of an elementary school student I think we should keep the same amount of Spring break days off. 2015-10-06 15:58
A parent of an elementary school student The school year is far too long and filled with too many unnecessary breaks. The school year should start after labor day and end first week of June the latest. There is no legitimate reason to keep expanding the year. Reduce number of days around thanksgiving and spring break 2015-10-06 16:00
A parent of an elementary school student Children, CHILDREN, should not be going to school any earlier than the Labor Day holiday. And no longer than June 1st. Nothing at all goes on in the classroom after senior graduation...why can't all of school end that week? How are seniors meeting the required number of school days attended if they start the year at the same time as all other students? Seniors don't have that requirement or is that not an actual requirement? How about reducing the number of days off during the year? Maybe have off Thanksgiving and the day after...Monday after Easter...don't need weeks for that. How about all these teacher-in-service days? And half days....we have a ridiculously high number of those days. And what's the sense or meaning behind those? Teachers need time during the day...incorporate that in-service to the half day. Too many parents use the public school system as a daycare, and the sad state of the school system allows that. It's more for convenience than what's best for the students. Allow them to enjoy their summer, their youth. As adults we all know that you only get one childhood... 2015-10-06 16:02
A parent of an elementary school student The later start time is great! But please stop with so many teacher workdays & random single days off so that school can end in early June. These unnecessary days off are very difficult for parent scheduling and lead to ending school too late in June. 2015-10-06 16:02
A parent of an elementary school student Please start the school year earlier and end earlier. June 29 is too late. You will completely lose my children by then as they will want to be outside. 2015-10-06 16:03
A parent of an elementary school student I agree with changing the start date to at least a week earlier. Getting out June 26th is way too late. There is no need for 3 days off before Thanksgiving, conferences can be scheduled before and after school or during lunch and recess. Do not agree on shortening spring break but that is for my own selfish reasons. we don't need the Monday after easter off though. That is not even a bank holiday anymore. School is closed for professional workdays. Why do teachers need professional workdays? i don't get a day off to catch up on my work. 2015-10-06 16:04
A parent of an elementary school student I would like to see the school year end earlier than 6/26 even if that means starting earlier in August 2015-10-06 16:04
A parent of a middle school student I would like to see the school start earlier in August and get out earlier in June, and Thanksgiving holidays to be shortened as well. 2015-10-06 16:05
A parent of an elementary school student Start school on Monday, August 22nd. Keep Thanksgiving Break as is - many families go away this week, as it is one consistent week among most schools. Make Spring Break Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17th only. As the calendar currently reads, the last day of school is the 22nd not the 26th. 2015-10-06 16:06
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student We should begin 2 weeks earlier in August in order to end 2 weeks earlier in June. Students are ready to begin learning in August. By June they are no longer interested in learning. 2015-10-06 16:09
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student The school year should start earlier, so that we can get out earlier. Thanksgiving break and spring break should only be three days. 2015-10-06 16:10
A parent of an elementary school student I would like to see the number of days for spring break reduced, so the kids can get out earlier in June. If necessary, reduce thanksgiving break also by having school on Monday and Tuesday. 2015-10-06 16:11
A parent of a middle school student School year should start no later than mid - August. Cut out Jan 2 as a holiday and start the week on Monday. Cut out April 17 and leave Spring Break as one week. Quit having parent-teacher conferences during the week of Thanksgiving. I am sure parents and teachers would appreciate just having a week off of school to go see family or go on vacation. 2015-10-06 16:11
A parent of a middle school student 1. Ending June 26th 2017 is ridiculously late; I would prefer to start earlier in August 2016. 2. I definitely support cutting the number of days off at Thanksgiving. Students shouldn't be off the entire week of Thanksgiving. I've always thought this was too much especially since my daughter's middle school doesn't even have parent-teacher conferences that week. 3. I believe Easter Break should be the Thursday and Friday before Easter and Easter Monday. 4. There is absolutely no need for extra parent-teacher conferences across all school levels. I understand that parents of elementary students may prefer this but I don't believe it's necessary for middle and high school kids. 2015-10-06 16:12
A parent of an elementary school student I think that the easter/spring break and the thanksgiving should be shortened. I do not think the school year should start earlier. I do not think 3 parent/teacher conferences are needed. I expect that if my child is having problems to be contacted before a conference by e-mail or phone. I do not find that a 10 minute parent teacher conference useful. I do not understand why the elementary/middle schools have to have 2 hour early dismissals for high school exams. My kids when to PG county schools 2 years ago and we did not have this. 2015-10-06 16:13
A parent of a middle school student Combine 1/2 days and early releases into full days. Early releases are very disruptive to working parents and are a wasted educational day. 2015-10-06 16:13
A parent of a high school student Thank you for this opportunity to hear our suggestions and concerns. I grew up in a time where school started after Labor Day. This summer, our HS Freshman and College Freshman started school on the same date, except our college student goes to school in Tampa. Orientation week was just before, so you can imagine it was very challenging to make it back to MD in time. Also, this is the first state we've lived in that observes both Jewish holidays in Oct, and not Columbus Day at all. I understand being respectful of other people's religion, but everyone else is losing an extra day of schooling instead of just one where substitute teachers can come in while observing teachers take a day off from vacation time. Furthermore, Thanksgiving week was never a whole week off. Parent conferences were based on a strong "need to see", which could give back a whole extra day instead of taking two. Perhaps have the Wed before Thanksgiving a 1/2 day. I also don't understand having the Monday after Easter off. Is this because our area is used to the military getting the Monday off after a holiday weekend? Unheard of every where else we've lived. Suggestion: Perhaps if this is non-negotiable, allow the Monday after Easter, but only give four days of Spring Break so there is a total of 1 week off only. I am not a teacher, but as a parent find the numerous half-days throughout the year annoying and disruptive to both my student and myself. So many arrangements have to be made for childcare, and so many other students left unattended by working families. As for the later summer release, that really doesn't bother me, as long as the kids get approx. two months off to enjoy. If there is a later date, we will make plans accordingly..there's plenty of time to plan that and enjoy the rest of the summer. Thank you. The Adams Family, Severna Park, MD 2015-10-06 16:14
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please do not make the last day of school so late in June. It's a real problem for summer plans especially for my son that does sleep away camp every year. I am fine with school starting earlier in August. I could see parent teacher conferences in November and May being helpful but not 3 times a year. I'm okay with a shorter spring break and slightly shorter thanksgiving break (prefer at least Wednesday thru Friday off for thanksgiving). Thank you! 2015-10-06 16:14
An AACPS student We need to get out of school before June 22. with possible snow days we would end up getting out even later. and that is not fair for those of us that want to enjoy our summer vacation, and those of us who have sports that are during summer mornings or afternoons that we would be missing because school ends so late. Also, why are we getting out in late June when we used to get out in early June. 2015-10-06 16:14
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student I would rather have less spring break days and get off earlier in June. I would prefer to start a week earlier too, if that meant getting off early in June. I liked the old spring break schedule where we got off Thursday, Friday and Monday of Easter weekend. I would also prefer more time at Christmas vs. a full week at Thanksgiving. Most school systems around the country get off three days over Thanksgiving break and get a full 2 weeks off during the winter break. I think it is ridiculous that we work the 23rd of Dec. and then the next day is Christmas Eve. I also can't understand why we can't have an early dismissal day WHEN WE DO HAVE TO WORK ON THE 23rd of Dec. An early dismissal day counts as a full day. Getting off that late in Dec. makes it very hard for traveling to other states because NOT all of us are from MD and we do fly or drive far away. Plus if we have family come to visit us it is stressful to get off that late. I know it all comes down to NUMBERS and we have to be in school x amt. of days, but I would take less days at spring break, less at Thanksgiving and starting earlier in Aug. in order to get off earlier in June and have more days off in Dec. 2015-10-06 16:14
A parent of an elementary school student Please revise this calendar. The kids should not return to school any early than August 29th. The Thanksgiving break can be shorten by a day or two. For example, the kids can get W-F off for Thanksgiving. Spring break should remain a week. The kids should get out earlier than June the 26th. I believe all of the 2 hour early closures are unneeded and prolong the school year unnecessarily. There is a whole week in January and June when they are getting out 2 hours early; is there a way to conduct the high school exams without it affecting elementary and middle school children? Two weeks of early dismissals seem unnecessary and should be reduced or eliminated so the school year doesn't go until the end of June. 2015-10-06 16:14
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A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would love to find out more about why the school calendar is getting longer. It feels like we are moving to a year round school calendar. Is that what is happening? For the items in question, I'd prefer a short spring break, I like having the longer Thanksgiving break but would give a day up if it meant getting out earlier at the end of the year. I very much dislike the January end of semester schedule and the four early dismissal days. Why can't high school students stay in school after their exams for study sessions or other activities? The Anne Arundel county schedule is the worst I've experienced. 2015-10-06 16:15
Other Fewer teacher work days. No mid semester days off in Jan for elem students. Conference days in Nov should be early dismissal days with No days off except Thanksgiving and that Friday. Start after Labor Day and be out by mid June. 2015-10-06 16:18
A parent of an elementary school student I am all for shortened breaks and an earlier final day for the students in June! 2015-10-06 16:19
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student My 11th grade son and my 7th grade son both said they would prefer to lose a day at Thanksgiving. I would prefer to lose the Monday after Easter 2015-10-06 16:20
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I do not agree with keeping kids in school until the 26th! No reason to be in school that late when it starts getting hotter and people want to take vacations! School should be after Labor Day, as it used to be, and no later than mid June. Take away the full week at Easter and some of the many closed days! 2015-10-06 16:20
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student As an Air Force family we have experience in school districts in several states such as GA, TX, NE and an international school overseas. I can comment that I have never seen a school calendar that is as poorly constructed as AACPS. Why the week long break at a Thanksgiving? That would be the first reduction made, every district we've been in has had Thanksgiving + Friday and it has been fine. The last district we were in started August 17th and the school year was completed May 21st...so there are obvious excessive days taken throughout the year that are not necesssary. 2015-10-06 16:21
A parent of an elementary school student The email sent incorrectly identifies June 26th as the final day of school but the proposed calendar has it listed as the 22nd. I would like to see Veterans day recognized as a holiday. Also, I believe the Thanksgiving week can be made into a smaller number of days off. Also the amount of two hour early dismissals seems excessive. I have never been involved with a school district that uses this method. 2015-10-06 16:21
A parent of a high school student Please do not start the school year any earlier than 8/29. If you have to add days to Thanksgiving and Spring breaks, so be it. But starting the year earlier should not be a consideration when you close the year so late. 2015-10-06 16:23
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Do not add conference days to the calendar. Teachers cannot meet with all parents and it will become more of a PD for parents then and individualized conversation. Parents and teachers can request conferences at ANY time/time of year. We don't need to take days from the instruction to do this. 2015-10-06 16:24
A parent of an elementary school student I suggest starting school on Aug 22 (or sometime during the week of Aug 22). 2015-10-06 16:25
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student School ending on June 26 is way too late! Yes, reduce Spring Break by one day. No, do not reduce Thanksgiving Break. YES!!! Parent Teacher conferences for the first three quarters! 2015-10-06 16:26
A parent of an elementary school student Extend the school year! If that means more instruction time for teaching I'm all for it. This would be great. Seriously consider making final week full days also! 2015-10-06 16:29
A parent of an elementary school student I prefer the current length of Thanksgiving and Easter breaks because it better accommodates family vacations. Fewer days for these breaks will likely result in parents pulling children from school in order to accommodate family plans. This translates to a high number of absences around these holidays and wasted instruction days. AAPS should look to other non-school days instead. 2015-10-06 16:30
A parent of a high school student I would be in favor of reducing the Thanksgiving and Spring breaks. Also starting school earlier in August would be good. The June 26th end date is very late. Anything to cut days off the end of the year. 2015-10-06 16:31
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I feel that removing days from traditional holidays is not the answer to any of your proposed scheduling changes. Families - including my own - schedule family trips, and have been for years during Easter Break and Thanskgiving Break. I think an alternate consideration would be to cut back on the excessive number of 'professional development' days. Every time I turn around, the children's weeks are cut short time for these days. In my opinion, cutting some professional development days would be much more effective. Furthermore, I feel that these professional days break up instruction and when coupled with snow days and traditional breaks, lend to choppy instruction making it hard for children to get 'back in the groove'. Thank you for your consideration. 2015-10-06 16:31
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student A longer summer for the kids would be welcomed with the kids getting out earlier in June. A shortened Spring Break (Thurs, Fri, Mon off) would help. I would also be for a shortened Thanksgiving break for the kids. Going back before August 29th would be acceptable, but by no more than five days. We need to look at how other counties do it. They go back after AACPS and get out of school before AACPS in the Summer. An early June end of school year is desirable. Once the warm weather hits, it is hard to keep the kids focused. 2015-10-06 16:32
Other Keep the calendar as it is proposed. 2015-10-06 16:32
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student We don't need Jewish holidays off. Especially in the beginning of the school year, it makes getting into routines difficult. please don't start any earlier than we do now. 2015-10-06 16:33
A parent of an elementary school student Please shorten the Thanksgiving holiday - it does not need to be an entire week. And if school won't get out until June 26th, please start earlier in August. 2015-10-06 16:35
A parent of a middle school student Reduce the vacation days - specifically, shorten Thanksgiving break to Wed - Fri and Spring Break should be a 4 day weekend. Eliminate December 23rd and January 2nd as vacation days. That right there is 8 days you can remove from the calendar - delay the opening by a week and shorten the year by a week. 2015-10-06 16:40
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Assuming typo on the blast and last day of school is 6/22/16 not 6/26/16. Shortening school vacations at Thanksgiving and spring break should equal earlier time out not later time out. Do not think that vacations should be shortened. 2015-10-06 16:41
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Reduce the number of days off during the school year overall. For example, Easter break should only be 2 days, do not add parent-teacher conference days, and move teacher professional days to outside of kid attendance dates (before school starts in August or after school ends in June). It feels like the kids are constantly off during the year which makes the summers that much shorter. This also makes it difficult for working parents dealing with childcare to deal with single days off. 2015-10-06 16:41
A parent of an elementary school student School should start after Labor Day and end in the second week of June these kids have too many days off other school like Virginia start after Labor Day n end in June why can't we do the same the Jewish holidays other kids go to school but the teachers aren't aloud to give home work if the school would conduct there meetings after the end of school day the kids would not need to leave 2 hours early there are too many days off when school first starts I don't think there Easter break and holidays should not be taken away but reduced by 1 day these kids work hard all year change there end of school year date to getting out earlier for them to enjoy there summer 2015-10-06 16:47
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Yes- Start school earlier than the proposed August 29th date. Yes- Make Thanksgiving break less than the 5 proposed days (Wed/Thur/Fri) Yes- Three parent-teacher conferences 2015-10-06 16:48
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I do not wish to see the breaks be lessened during Thanksgiving and Easter breaks. We appreciate these breaks not necessarily as a religious event but time for families to come together that are out of state and such. Family traditions are most important than schools and government body. We need to nurture the most important institution which is family. 2015-10-06 16:49
A parent of an elementary school student Fine with a shorter Thanksgiving Holiday-We'd before, Thurs and Fri. Why doesn't the Easter/Spring Break begin on good Friday instead of the Monday before? Could Good Friday through the following week be considered? I think 5 days including good Friday should be fine for a break. 2015-10-06 16:51
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please, please, please get rid of some of the days at thanksgiving and Easter. They are just not necessary. There are way to many days off during the school year. I love the idea of conferences each quarter! Please do that. Getting rid of semester exams is a wonderful idea. It's stupid that elementary and middle school students have half days so high school students can take exams. I'm not in favor of starting any earlier as August is quite hot but if you went later in June that would be fine as it's just beginning to get hot then. Also, please don't start school any later unless you are flipping elementary and high school start times. My kids spend 2 hours watching tv in the morning because they are already up. Send them to school early! 2015-10-06 16:52
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please do anything possible to make school end before June 26!!! My suggestions would be to reduce the Thanksgiving holiday and spring break. I am also for starting a week earlier. Conferences each quarter is overkill. As an elementary school teacher at a Title 1 school it is very difficult to get our parents to attend them (as well as enough interpreters)and when they do they do not have the capacity (sometimes this is knowledge, language, time or sadly want) to help them in the way that they need. The day ends up with more no shows than shows which forces us to use additional (off time) to reschedule or make phone calls. The November conference is too late. The first conference should be at the beginning of October. A second one could be done for parents of failing students at the January semester break. 2015-10-06 16:54
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I do not understand why we can't start after Labor Day. If we took days off the Thanksgiving Holiday and Easter break (i.e.: have Thurs and Fri off for the Thanksgiving break, and Thurs, Fri and Mon for Easter break) and take away some of the unnecessary days off during the year. I know times have changed, but it wasn't that long ago that I was a student in Anne Arundel County and we never started back to school before Labor Day. Some of the unnecessary absenteeism's we see, maybe a result to parents trying to fit in the last vacation before school. There is not enough time during the summer for families (who may have a both parents working), to enjoy "family time". 2015-10-06 16:55
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student school year needs to begin after Labor day. A reduced holiday is preferred. 2015-10-06 16:57
A parent of a middle school student There are way too many inservice days. I have family in Michigan that starts school after Labor Day and ends by second week of June. My kids are wasting time in class in June. I don't understand how in the world AACPS cannot fit 180 days in a reasonable timeframe but the summers have progressively gotten shorter each year. My husband is in the Navy and his leave is always the middle of June - AACPS ruins our family vacations and I know we are not alone. USNA lets out before Memorial Day. What in the world are we doing to these teachers and kids going to the end of June!!! This is completely ridiculous. Stop all the 2-hour early dismissals - your teachers are complaining to the students about having to attend the inservices anyway. Stop it all. Stop bureaucracy. Let them teach and let us all have an actual summer. We should not be attending school past Father's Day. What happens if there are snow days? Will we go until 4th of July? Absolute insanity. Also do not at all understand the semester break in January. Let the high school students take their tests and then watch movies the rest of the day. We have 2 days off and four 1/2 days just because we have to send them home? Why??? this is craziness. Give us back our summers with our kids. 2015-10-06 16:57
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student We don't need 5 days off for Thanksgiving. June 26--as a final day--when my classroom has spotty air conditioning at best (teacher), seems odd. Especially since the seniors are done the first week of June or last week in May. 2015-10-06 16:59
A parent of an elementary school student Reduce Spring Break or parent teacher conference days. Do not change thanksgiving break 2015-10-06 17:00
A parent of an elementary school student Spring break should be 5 days and students should be in school the Monday after Easter. At the very least, if students need to make up time as a result of extra closures due to weather, the Monday after Easter should be the first "lost" vacation day. Have you evaluated how many students were absent the first Monday of Spring Break last year as a result of that day being changed to a required school day (instead of the Monday after Easter, which would have been more logical)? It makes more sense for families to go on vacation from one weekend to the next to maximize their time. Even in the Bible belt, children go to school the Monday after Easter, and what purpose could having that day off possibly serve? 2015-10-06 17:00
A parent of a high school student leave thanksgiving and Christmas and spring break alone. Reduce misc days off during the school year. stop expanding into summer 2015-10-06 17:00
A parent of a high school student Please start school a week earlier and shorten the Thanksgiving break to 3 days including the Thursday instead of ending on 6/26. That end date is ridiculously late! 2015-10-06 17:01
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student How about a 2 hour early dismissal the last day before the holiday break in December?? I've asked that before as well. I work in a school that does not dismiss until almost 4pm....it would be nice to break a little early on that last day. 2015-10-06 17:02
A parent of a high school student June 26 is too late in the summer for kids to get out! The second week of June is better. Fewer teacher professional days and fewer half days should help make up the difference. 2015-10-06 17:05
A parent of a high school student How about reducing teacher inservice days? How about extending school time by 30-45 minutes longer and reducing the calendar year from Labor Day to Memorial Day like other states? You have the longest school calendar. How about just having kids learn and take tests like in the old days? Quit wasting time and days prepping them for test.. If you taught the material properly, they should just be able to take a test.. Kind of what they do in college and in the real world.. You are tested on the material not prepped to take a test so the "school system" looks good in the rankings. You spend so much time on the no important things, when the focus should be on learning the material and preparing kids for college. As someone who has 2 graduates of broadneck high and a third one finishing, I know all of this is doing the kids a true disservice and not preparing them for the real world. My son attends the #1 public university in the world and your crappy way of teaching did not prepare him for the rigorous work load nor did you teach him proper studying techniques... It is only by his own determination and hard work that he has made it this far. Go back to the basics, give them the proper tools and quit bending to the unions and giving so many service days... You spent countless hours making kids take the parc test that didn't even count for what??? Wasted time in the class room where they should be learning. Work smarter not harder and let the kids enjoy the summer. After all you are preparing them for college and if they can get it all in in less time, then you are doing something wrong 2015-10-06 17:09
A parent of a middle school student I propose that the school year start on August 22 2016. It's never started so late in the year before? 2015-10-06 17:12
A parent of an elementary school student I do think the school year should start earlier. Recommend no changes to thanksgiving or spring breaks. Agree with three parent teacher conference days. 2015-10-06 17:13
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student It looks like we are scheduled to get out later and later in June as each year passes. I grew up in the AACO schools and currently have 20 years in as a teacher. My school is in a low income community and I run summer camps for my underprivileged students. Please give a break during the summer. I don't see why we must have 2 days off in January after testing. Also if needed please take days from our Thanksgiving break. We will have plenty of time off for the winter break. Please understand that especially in our schools located in low income areas teachers need a recharge as do the students. We are beat up mentally and physically during the school year, are not getting raises and are expected to bounce right back year after year. This county is going to lose many good teachers who are willing to go the extra mile. 2015-10-06 17:18
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I would support the school year starting before Aug 29 and ending before June 26. I feel that the Thanksgiving break is too long and would support it being shorter. I do not feel more Parent Teacher Conference days are needed. I really wish the county would close schools on Veteran's Day. 2015-10-06 17:18
A parent of an elementary school student I think the county should reduce the number of days for the thanksgiving break to three days, Wednesday thru Friday and reduce the number of days for the Spring break to three days, Thursday, Friday and Monday. And stop adding new holidays that cause the schools to be closed for. 2015-10-06 17:19
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student The kids are going too late into June. I support measures to bring summer sooner, whether it be cutting back Thanksgiving week or otherwise. 2015-10-06 17:22
A parent of an elementary school student Start later and end earlier. Going into late June is awful for both child and parent. There should be no reason to extend the year so long without adding a single day of extra instruction. 2015-10-06 17:24
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student A June 22nd end date is absurd. There have GOT to be days, or half days, currently in the plan that can be trimmed to have both reasonable start and end dates. The kids are barely getting any summer break! 2015-10-06 17:25
A parent of an elementary school student I feel that school should not start until after Labor Day and ends to late in June. 2015-10-06 17:26
A parent of an elementary school student Reduce Easter break Reduce thanksgiving break 2015-10-06 17:26
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student We would not to see Thanksgiving and Christmas, Easter Holiday breaks shortened. The school year is long as it is. These breaks provide much needed family time as well just a break for everyone! 2015-10-06 17:28
A parent of a middle school student I am in favor of shortening the thanksgiving break. Parents should know how their child is doing in school through parent connect and therefore can schedule conferences on a needed basis. . I am in favor of shortening spring break to include good Friday and Easter Monday off only. I am in favor of changing the 2 hour early dismissals and days off in January to accommodate HS exams. I am in favor of quarterly exams however I believe one or two exam a day should only been given per day. I am in favor of no HS homework given during quarterly testing so that students can concentrate on studying for those assessments. Although not politically correct I am in favor of removing the Jewish holidays from the schedule. I believe this opens a can of worms and may open up a necessity for other religious holidays as well. The winter break makes sense because it is close to the semester break. The school year ending mid to end June is unacceptable. Many students start summer mode after Memorial Day weekend. 2015-10-06 17:29
A parent of an elementary school student start school earlier and have class on oct 3 and 12th. 2015-10-06 17:31
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student First day of school should be 08/22/16. Thanksgiving break should begin on 11/23/16. Spring break should be from 04/14/17-04/17/17 2015-10-06 17:33
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would like to see the school year start earlier and get out earlier. Spring Break should be 5 days long and Thanksgiving break should be Wed, Thur, and Friday. Thank you 2015-10-06 17:36
A parent of a high school student The school year has gotten out of control. The last week of August is entirely early enough to start school. As it is students don't go a full week until the end of Sept, usually 4 day first week, the following 3 weeks due to holidays. There is no reason to be off for a full week at Thanksgiving. Then back in session, off again for winter break, back in session for 2 weeks, then a completely disrupted schedule for the next 2 weeks, then 1 full week, 3 interrupted weeks, then spring break. I am not an educator, but it would seem to me that with no real continuity of lessons, especially at the high school level where classes are held every other day, students are not getting the mist out of their education. Also, if you talk to any student, teacher or parent it is ridiculous to think there is any learning going on after June 1st. My children have watched plenty of movies in the month of June in their school career. My daughter will be a senior next year, so this really does not affect me, but considering she would like to become a teacher I think the board needs to tweak the school calender to benefit the student! 2015-10-06 17:36
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student DO NOT reduce the Easter Break.MANY families travel and it is a HOLY WEEK for Catholic families. Reduce the thanksgiving break to Wed-Friday. they dont need a week. DO NOT START SCHOOL EARLIER THAN 8/29. Many families take vacations in late August. 2015-10-06 17:43
A parent of a middle school student Do not reduce the Thanksgiving break. Do not reduce the Easter break. These longer breaks make family trips possible without missing school days. 2015-10-06 17:45
A parent of a middle school student I would rather start earlier (in August) and let the kids out earlier (in June). Also, I'd prefer starting earlier in August rather than removing days from Easter, Thanksgiving, etc. 2015-10-06 17:48
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student The ending date of June 26th is unacceptable to me. I am an advocate of any alternate plan for students to get out prior to June 26th. 2015-10-06 17:50
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Ending school on June 26th is fine. Take a day or 2 off thanksgiving break. January testing with half days plus 2 days off is not good! No learning happens in January between the broken schedule, snow days, Martin Luther day etc. Fix the January calendar! 2015-10-06 17:51
A parent of an elementary school student 1) August 29th is already too early in the year to start school, so since you are not considering a later start to school after Labor Day, please don't touch the current starting date. 2) Thanksgiving does not need to be 4 days, so cutting it down to 2, being the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving gives students and parents plenty of time for with a 5 day vacation. 3) Keep the Easter vacation as is since families do like to travel on this holiday.4) Keep the teacher conferences to the three you state. 2015-10-06 17:56
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A parent of a middle school student I normally never say anything but when I read this foolishness I to speak up. Honestly, MD school Board of Education is really getting on my nerves. What is the logic for making all these changes? How does it help our students? Our students are being bullied, picked on,, commiting suicide and this is where your mind is?? I am sorry why take Thanksgiving break away from the families?? It has been this way ever since I was in school and my parents. Why take away from spring break and Easter??? Parent-Teacher Conferences do NOT need more days! We get enough communication from them to help our children. Changing the dates is not helping our children's education what so ever. I feel whomever is suggesting this is to accomadate them not the whole student body. You have to consider families, teachers. Please do not pass this change. I feel it will not be good. You already got these children going in early and leaving school late in June. Give these children a break and allow our kids to be kids. Would you like the change if you were still in school???? 2015-10-06 17:59
A parent of an elementary school student The school year could be shortened considerably if there weren't so many unnecessary vacation days. I agree to reducing Thanksgiving and Easter breaks. I'm my dream world I'd love to see AACO schools start school after labor day and end after memorial day. The last 2 weeks of school are a complete waste, especially that last week of half days...talk about dragging it out.... 2015-10-06 17:59
A parent of a high school student Take away Dec 23 and Jan 2nd as days off. We've never done that before. Shorten Easter break from Thurs to Mon. Do we really need off Oct 21st? Teachers cannot go to conference. 2015-10-06 18:00
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I am in favor of reducing the Thanksgiving break and the Easter break. Our county has so many days off throughout the year, we are just about going year round. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are days off that I believe are not necessary. They should be 2 hour early dismissal days so that those families have time to prepare by sundown. That would save 2 days, take away 2 days from Thanksgiving break and 2 days from Easter break. That is 5 days saved so we could start the year closer to after Labor Day and still be done school mid June. We are in an area with numerous government employees, we should align our school holidays with the federal government holidays. This could help eliminate day care issues when schools are closed for those extra non federal holidays. 2015-10-06 18:03
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I think the plan to reduce some of the holiday breaks is good , starting before august 29th I'm ok with but wish we could start after Labor Day . But all in all the proposal has my vote as good idea 2015-10-06 18:03
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I would like to see shorter Thanksgiving and Spring breaks. 2015-10-06 18:03
A parent of a middle school student Please cut down on the breaks during the school year. I do not want the kids to start any earlier than August 29 but especially do not want my children going to school until June 22. Way too late. I long for the days of starting school after labor day and ending school the first week of June and having a real summer break! 2015-10-06 18:04
A parent of a middle school student Start back later 29th is great. Shorten Thanksgiving Break. Shorten Spring Break. Get out as early in June as possible. Periodic exams are better than final exams. 2015-10-06 18:07
A parent of an elementary school student I don't know what we would accomplish by changing the length of holiday off days. As well we should go to starting school after Labor day and ending school June 22nd to accommodate. I don't understand the need to change things around. Majority of counties start after labor day. 2015-10-06 18:07
An AACPS employee Thanksgiving break and Easter break should be shorter. Teachers only need one opportunity for conferences. Especially at the elementary level. I am a teacher and we are in constant communication with parents via email and set up our own conferences with parents throughout the year as needed. Even one set time for conferences really isn't needed, at least not for every student. 2015-10-06 18:07
An AACPS employee Shorten thanksgiving. Get us out earlier in June. Or put those days towards Christmas. Most of us travel for that holiday. 2015-10-06 18:08
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please please have the year end earlier. To start that early and end that late is unlike virtually any other school system in the country, so clearly we have too many days off. NYC started 9/9 (2.5 wks later) & ends 6/28 (1 wk later). Atlanta starts 8/5 (2.5 wk earlier) but ends 5/25 (4 wks earlier!) These are just a few examples. You should not have to start earlier to end earlier; you should look at the days off across the country in other districts and get closer. Shorter Thanksgiving week is a great place to start but you should find more days! 2015-10-06 18:09
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Would prefer less days off at Thanksgiving. I do not think we need 3 conference days during the year. Do not want school to start any earlier. 2015-10-06 18:10
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student Have less days off at Thanksgiving. 2015-10-06 18:10
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Shorten thanksgiving break and shorten spring break. 2015-10-06 18:10
A parent of a high school student This is ridiculous school starting August 29 and ending June 22 when other schools get out way early than Anne arundel county you guys are taking the kids summer 2015-10-06 18:12
An AACPS employee Reduce number of spring break days to 3. Reduce number of Thanksgiving break days from 5 to 3. That will gain 5 days back (a full week) and allow a start of 8/29/16 and finish 6/16/2017. Add parent teacher conferences on 3 hour early dismissal days. 2015-10-06 18:12
A parent of an elementary school student Thanksgiving break should be ONLY Wednesday - Friday. A week is completely unnecessary. Spring Break should stay 1 week. School should start AFTER Labor Day and still end mid-June. There are far too many early dismissals and random days off. Combine the early dismissals into 1 or 2 full days. January is a waste of a month. A week of early dismissals plus 2 full days off?? Ridiculous. 2015-10-06 18:14
A parent of an elementary school student This is BS. You have been chipping away our summers. Now you want holidays. What does this accomplish. NEEDS TO GO BACK TO MEMORIAL DAY TO LABOR DAY. 2015-10-06 18:14
An AACPS employee I say keep the proposed calendar the way it is. 2015-10-06 18:15
A parent of an elementary school student June 22 is way to late in the year for kids to be in school. I believe the year should be shortened by cutting out all this unnecessary and stressful testing. Also, the actual school day is too long as well. These kids are better off with a little extra time to run around outside and get more exercise than to be sitting in a classroom all day long. So much is learned by play and socialization that cannot be learned in the classroom. As an adult educator, I am out of my mind being in a classroom for 6+ hours. Please forward this to the Maryland Dept. of Ed. Also, please try to line up spring break, etc with all Maryland schools so that everyone is on break at the same time. 2015-10-06 18:15
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Start AFTER Labor Day Shorten Thanksgiving break to 2 days Shorten Spring Break to 2 days. End by the 2nd week of June. 2015-10-06 18:15
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I would prefer reducing Thanksgiving break and Spring break in order end the school year earlier. Late June school end is horrible 2015-10-06 18:16
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student start earlier in august we don't need parent conference three times a year keep Easter break keep thanksgiving break 2015-10-06 18:16
A parent of an elementary school student I like the idea of starting & ending the school year earlier, possibly by 5 school days or so. I strongly dislike the idea of shortening Thanksgiving break; I think we should have Wednesday-Sunday off. If, however, you mean keeping the students in school Monday & Tuesday prior instead of conferences, I think that is fine. I don't think it's fair to count Monday & Tuesday as Thanksgiving break, however, when parents must attend conferences & cannot travel until after conferences. Our family would prefer having Easter break prior to Easter Sunday. I dislike having "Easter Monday" off since most workplaces don't recognize that day. I'd like the kids to return to school Monday. Thanks for the opportunity to provide input! 2015-10-06 18:17
A parent of an elementary school student Get rid of all parent teacher days! DO NOT add 3 to calender. We communicate all the time with our teacher. Do not need 3 days of students being off for this. Get rid of teacher PD days. Too many! This will allow students to end before June 22, 2017! 2015-10-06 18:17
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I am fine with The current proposed start and end dates and do not want to see the Thanksgiving or spring break shortened. I would suggest looking at a Massachusetts or New England school calendar as they have shortened Thanksgiving but have February break, and have a start and end date similar to ours already. I do not feel as if we need less vacation/family time. 2015-10-06 18:18
A parent of a special school student I agreed with the new calendar! Because after long breaks it seems kids take time to get back on their studies! 2015-10-06 18:18
A parent of a middle school student Fewer 1/2 days. School should start in September and end 1st week of June. Half days are unnecessary and a waste of time. My child is in advance classes. From kindergarten to present grade all he does is watch movies on half days. 2015-10-06 18:18
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student I think we should start after Labor Day to save on the budget. I also think we should cut back on holiday breaks. We also should go back to getting out before Father's Day again. Save on budget again. I mean at the rate it is going we are getting Clouse to year around school. A lot of our schools do not have air conditioning or properly working air conditioning. 2015-10-06 18:19
A parent of an elementary school student would prefer not to begin school any earlier in august as it runs into vacation and other annual travel plans. school should begin after labor day. shortening easter break is fine, but not christmas. elementary school - no need for more PT conferences. 2015-10-06 18:20
A parent of an elementary school student I don't think Thanksgiving and Easter should be shortened. I fully support starting earlier, minimizing or reducing the conference days, eliminating the early dismissal days, eliminating the state teacher conference day and Easter Monday. I would prefer to keep Easter/Spring break as a full week and elminate Easter Monday. Families want time to take trips with the kids, full weeks work much better and a crazy mix of partial weeks. 2015-10-06 18:21
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I prefer the later start date and reducing spring break to Good Friday and Easter Monday as it used to be. Those saved days could be used to move the June ending date earlier. As a parent and teacher, I support days for conferences in the first and third marking periods. Considerations for reducing Thanksgiving Break is conferences. If teachers are required to meet with every parent in November (and I believe they should), then 2 full days for conferences are needed so I'm not sure how the break would be shortened. Thank you for taking the time to read my comments. 2015-10-06 18:21
A parent of an elementary school student As a Jewish parent, I support not having schools closed for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. To respect our religion I would prefer that these holidays and the first 2 nights of passover were designated holidays with no school events scheduled. My kids would miss school and the rest of the population would benefit from a shorter school year 2015-10-06 18:22
An AACPS employee Start the third marking period on January 31, 2017. Teachers only need one work day. We only have one this year. 2015-10-06 18:22
An AACPS employee Start the third marking period on January 31, 2017. Teachers only need one work day. We only have one this year. 2015-10-06 18:23
A parent of a middle school student Start earlier to end earlier. Reduce Thanksgiving break to what others in the area have, full day 'Mon and Tues, half day Wed. Keep spring break intact 2015-10-06 18:24
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student In response to the bulleted points in the email that was sent out regarding the school calendar, these are our (parents of a middle school student)opinions: 1) DON'T start the school year before August 29, 2016. 2) DON'T shorten the Thanksgiving break 3) DON'T shorten the Easter/Spring break 4) Yes - accommodate 3 days for conferences. Thank you very much. 2015-10-06 18:24
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student starting the school year earlier than the currently planned August 29, 2016, in order to end the year before the currently planned June 22, 2017. June 22 is too late to end the year. Start on Wed. August 24th 2016 reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. Keep the break the way it has been for many years. reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) to a lesser number. Have school Monday and Tuesday. The break could be Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Monday. Accommodating three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods. Why do we need MORE parent conferences days? I use parent connect, emails, and phone calls. I want my children in school, not sitting home while I go to school for an unneeded conference. 2015-10-06 18:24
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I agree with starting 8/29 but should end 6/16. Take Monday and Tuesday of thanksgiving away maybe Easter Monday or a couple of conference days or Martin Luther as January already has three days off. 2015-10-06 18:24
An AACPS employee Start the third marking period on January 31, 2017. Teachers only need one work day. We only have one this year. 2015-10-06 18:24
A parent of an elementary school student Please do not make the start date earlier than Aug 29 or the end date that late in June. Isn't the requirement 180 days of school? That would mean school should end June 14. I honestly may homeschool my children with a calendar this long. 2015-10-06 18:25
An AACPS employee I think we should shorten Thanksgiving and Spring break to get out earlier in June. 2015-10-06 18:27
A parent of a middle school student I would like to provide comments on the number of Teacher days where students have a 2 hour dismissal or are off the full day. As a parent I find that the number of days off is quite extensive. I do not fully understand the purpose of these days but if they are for teacher education (Professional Development) activities why are they not being completed during the summer months? Teachers are paid for the year so why are they not completing their requirements at that time? Having all of these days off along with holidays keeps the school year so long and we could easily adjust the calendar. In addition it is extremely hard for working parents to make arrangements for these days. I'm asking for consideration to be given to reduce the number of days off and consider alternatives for Professional Development dates. Having the summer off, in my opinion, is a only a perk. If you take the Professional Development days from the calendar you would eliminate 5 days from the calendar (that could be snow days). As well, why do we close all schools 1/2 day early because of high school exams? Can something not be done so this does not affect elementary and middle schools? Once again there may be justified reasons, however, I believe these should be re-examined as well. If a task force was created with parent participation I would happily serve! If not, are there answers to my questions? 2015-10-06 18:29
An AACPS employee The school year is already started early enough. So I would be the best way to solve this problem is to shorten Thanksgiving break and Spring break as well. 2015-10-06 18:31
A parent of an elementary school student School should start one week earlier - this is more in line with the rest of the east coast. Thanksgiving break should stay a week but conferences should be held in the evening the week before. Too many people travel that week. Christmas break should be a full two weeks - also in line with much of the east coast. Two days off in January for teacher work days is a waste of instructional time. Two early dismissal days would be a better choice. The Monday after Easter should be eliminated. The semester should end before Christmas. Start earlier and end earlier! But make the shift gradual - otherwise students, families, and teachers will have no summer break! 2015-10-06 18:31
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I say shorten the thanksgiving break. And yes to ending school before June 26. That's crazy! Can you consolidate the parent teacher conference days? Yes to taking away the Monday after Easter as a holiday. 2015-10-06 18:31
A parent of an elementary school student there are too many breaks in the calendar. shorten both thanksgiving and easter breaks 2015-10-06 18:32
An AACPS employee Teaching students in June is difficult. As soon as the weather gets nice they are done. I believe we should reduce both spring and thanksgiving breaks. We have plenty of time off from snow days. The kids need instruction time while the weather cooperates 2015-10-06 18:34
A parent of a high school student I fully support reducing the Easter break and Thanksgiving break rather than start school before Aug 29. With the reduction in those breaks, it should allow for students to end the school year prior to June 22. However, adding additional days for parent teacher conferences is unnecessary. The middle school, student lead parent teacher conferences were a waste of time. This is my child's first year in high school so I can't speak to those conferences yet but it is my understanding that they are also a waste of time. Elementary school parent teacher conferences were beneficial. Why can't those be incorporated into the 2 hour early dismissal days at the end of the semester instead of scheduling separate days on the school calendar? 2015-10-06 18:35
An AACPS employee Reduce the spring break. Quarterly assessments is a good idea. Multiple parent etcher conferences is unnecessary. If a teacher or parent wants a conference there is opportunities for that. 2015-10-06 18:37
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please consider starting the school year a week early. I would like to see thanksgiving shortened by two days ONLY if the extra two days are used for productive teaching\learning. Too many times the 1-2 days before a break are wasted with movies and no learning. The same with spring break. 2015-10-06 18:42
An AACPS employee School year from Labor Day to Memorial Day or just move to year round. No need for parent conferences we don't even get 50% participation. Get rid of all religious holidays. Decrease Thanksgiving to Thursday Friday. Decrease spring break. Do teachers get payed more when you cut another week off summer? 2015-10-06 18:42
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I do not believe the thanksgiving and Easter breaks should be shortened. I do not feel 5 and 4 day breaks are that long to begin with and families usually take these breaks to travel with their families. 2015-10-06 18:42
An AACPS employee School year from Labor Day to Memorial Day or just move to year round. No need for parent conferences we don't even get 50% participation. Get rid of all religious holidays. Decrease Thanksgiving to Thursday Friday. Decrease spring break. Do teachers get payed more when you cut another week off summer? 2015-10-06 18:43
A parent of an elementary school student Please start earlier so that the school year ends before the end of June. I can only afford to take the kids on vacation prior to the rates going up in July so if school goes until the end of June we can't have a vacation. 2015-10-06 18:43
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I don't think you should cut down on the thanks giving or spring break holidays. 2015-10-06 18:44
A parent of an elementary school student June 22 is too late. There is no summer. Completely unacceptable. Might as well go to year round school which is better for everyone. 2015-10-06 18:47
An AACPS employee I like the idea of changing the November conference days to school days, we have a small turn out (less than 20% of parents attend on average). I'm unclear as to why we have the day after Easter off and worry that if we added days prior to Easter we would have low attendance due to family vacations. I think the day after Easter may be a better day to add back to the calendar. I hope I've provided you with some information that is helpful. 2015-10-06 18:47
A parent of a middle school student Earlier start of school yr, please. 2015-10-06 18:48
An AACPS employee -shorten Thanksgiving break -shorten spring break -start earlier -P/T conferences need to be handled differently at the HS level-- high schoolers need to be learning to be self-advocates and to be independent and parents need to begin to give students space to do this. P/T conferences should only be once during the academic year. Any further P/T contact should be coordinated on an as needed basis, not a corporately coordinated endeavor. -The school year needs to be front-loaded. Students experience a tremendous amount of burnout as spring progresses and mandated testing compounds both burnout issues and the mental shutdown that inevitably occurs at the end of the school year. Additionally, the Maryland practice of graduating seniors prior to the last day of classes adds to this atmosphere wherein the students mentally check out of the learning process. Any measures that can be taken to move the end of the school year closer to seniors' graduation date should be taken so as to maximize the most optimum learning time. -Semester break should ideally coincide with winter break and could potentially happen if we shift the calendar to front load school days (i.e. start earlier so that semester exams, if they remain, can reasonably be given in the days leading up to winter break (semester 1) and approximately 1-2 weeks after HSA's (giving enough time to review after mandated testing but allowing all new learning to be finished prior to the disruptive period of state-mandated testing). 2015-10-06 18:48
A parent of an elementary school student I agree with starting the school year earlier in August. August 22, 2016 makes sense based on history. I also agree with shortening spring break and would make the break directly on either side of the weekend so it ends up being a long weekend on either side of Easter. Our family has enjoyed having the week of Thanksgiving off and hope to continue having all 5 days off that week. Thank you for your consideration of this input. 2015-10-06 18:49
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I would approve of shortening both the Thanksgiving break and Spring break. If you removed 2 days from Thanksgiving and 3 or even 4 days from Spring break that would get us out of school at least a week earlier. I don't want to start earlier in August. I would like summer to be closer to 12 weeks than 8 or 9 weeks 2015-10-06 18:49
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please consider keeping the August 29th start date and reducing Thanksgiving break to Wednesday-Friday. Alternatively, please reduce Spring Break to allow for a decent length summer break. 2015-10-06 18:50
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student While I understand the winter break to accommodate exams for high school students, the last few years the weather has shifted the calendar causing issues for parents who need to make arrangements for their children. Perhaps eliminating those two days off and taking them away at end of June. 2015-10-06 18:51
A parent of an elementary school student I feel that it is not necessary to have a week long break during thanksgiving and Easter. Also not necessary to have parent teacher conferences 3 times per year. If a child is struggling then set something up for that individual. Aacps in general have to many days off during the year and go back to school earlier and end later than other districts. We need to look elsewhere to see who else does what and stop reinventing the wheel so to say. Parents cannot afford to take kids on vacations due to the ending of the school year and early start date. Thanks for considering all options. 2015-10-06 18:52
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student 1. Start school AFTER Labor Day and make up the 5 days with: 11/21-11/23, 12/23, 4/17. There is no need to have the entire week of Thanksgiving off, nor is there need to have 12/23 or Easter Monday off. 2. If there's a need to take from spring break START with Easter Monday to enable a full week off instead of two partial weeks (taking part of 4/10-4/14 and 4/17 creates two weeks broken up by off time and instruction days vs one full week off followed by one full week in) 3. Base start times on whether students can learn not on daycare or sports considerations. Schools are for learning. Get that right then focus on anything other than learning. 2015-10-06 18:53
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student take out the full week for spring break take out days before Thanksgiving June 22nd is too late to be getting out of school 2015-10-06 18:53
An AACPS employee Please keep the set up the same as it is now. Move the October 2 hour early dismissal to PSAT day, to avoid missing so much class time during the quarterly assessment testing window for high schools. 2015-10-06 18:55
A parent of a middle school student Recommend approval of the draft calendar. 2015-10-06 18:55
An AACPS employee Please keep the set up the same as it is now. Move the October 2 hour early dismissal to PSAT day, to avoid missing so much class time during the quarterly assessment testing window for high schools. 2015-10-06 18:55
An AACPS employee I would like to reduce the Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks in order to end the school year prior to June 22. Look to how other counties handle parent/teacher conferences. Most have them on 2 hour early dismissal days. Thus counting them as school days for students. 2015-10-06 18:56
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student Please start earlier. We do not need the time in June. We need it before the paarc tests in March and April and the ap tests in May. Not after. 2015-10-06 18:56
A parent of a middle school student Recommend approval. 2015-10-06 18:56
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student What's the purpose?? Start school after Labor Day and let the kids out of school during the middle of June. To be honest Anne Arundel County Schools have taken a plunge. It's nothing like it used to be it's too political. Teachers are pressured to test instead of teach. It's a very sad situation. Kids are expected to pass tests but they aren't learning anything. 2015-10-06 18:57
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I think adding more days for parent teacher conferences is not worth it. Parents of middle and high school students can see what is happening when they go on parent connect. If there is a concern it can be addressed by the parent to the teacher or the parent can be contacted by the teacher. It's ridiculous that we are taking time away from spring break and Thanksgiving as that is when parents can actually spend time with their kids and families. 2015-10-06 18:58
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I think starting that late is Aug is wrong! By the middle of May kids are ready for summer break so why are you going to make them go until the end of June??? I think if you start earlier in Aug kids are willing to learn more and be open to learning more. Don't take away days from the breaks that we have cause families go out of town to visit other family members etc. If you cut the days short then you will have half the kids in the school be missing more days of school cause of them still being on vacation for the holidays. I work in the school system and have two kids in school. I was just talking to my 6th grader about this and she said she would rather start earlier in Aug and get done earlier than start later in Aug and have to go to school until the end of June. By May kids are ready for summer and they become very active and it's hard for them to learn. 2015-10-06 19:00
A parent of an elementary school student It's hard enough to get to one conference as it is. As a parent, I will make an appointment if I need to speak to my child's teacher any other time. I am fine with the school year ending earlier and losing some holidays however I do not understand why there are so many teacher work days. Maybe cut some of those out. 2015-10-06 19:01
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Shorten Thanksgiving break. Leave Spring break the same ...we all need a break by then Reduce the number of teacher continuing Ed days...crazy how many then have to complete. We don't beed teacher conferences three times a year. Once in the Fall and then early Spring should be in an as-needed basis Why don't you look at school calendars where they Are high achieving public schools and they start a week earlier then we do but get out the beginning of June. Look at Naperville, Illinois. Agree to start school a week earlier to get out earlier. 2015-10-06 19:01
A parent of an elementary school student If you are going to end school in late June you might as well go to year round schooling and give students weeks off during the year at times not around holidays when traveling to places like Disney World is cheap and not hot. Between Thanksgiving Break and the end of January it seems like students are barely in school with Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, MLK, Semester Break, half day exam days and snow days. 2015-10-06 19:02
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please do not reduce the thanksgiving or spring break. It would be best if the school year were from Labor Day to Memorial Day. There are many days throughout the year for half days or days off that are not necessary for teacher training. They can do that during the summer. Extend the teachers year but not the students. They should not hold parent conferences during the holiday break. Thanks 2015-10-06 19:03
A parent of an elementary school student I think the amount of days off is ridiculous. I wholeheartedly agree that we should reduce the Thanksgiving and Spring break weeks. I do not agree with starting earlier in 2016-17. Reduce the amount of Professional Dev. days! 2015-10-06 19:04
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Leave everything the way it is. The school board can not please everyone. More parent will suffer from this change. It will also cost parents more money due to child care in the morning. A lot of us parents go to work when our kids leave out to school or right after. I feel that if the children go to bed in a timely fashion things would be fine. School times have been the same for years and a lot of kids go good grades in school and went off and got great jobs. Children of this generation are very lazy and need to work hard to get what they want just like the member of the school board. So, my vote is to keep it the same. 2015-10-06 19:04
An AACPS employee   2015-10-06 19:05
An AACPS employee Please consider omitting the September Jewish holidays because they are so disruptive to the start of the school year. I would also love a shorter Spring Break. I want a longer summer break. 2015-10-06 19:06
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student I do not fill as though we need a long Thanksgiving Break. I think we should shorten the break to having the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day off, the day of Thanksgiving and that Friday after. The 2 days for parent teacher conference is a joke. A lot of the parents do not even show up for the conference. I have seen this as a parent that has gone to my children's middle school in Pasadena, MD and it's very sad to see the lack of involvement with the staff and parents. As an employee we have a lot of parents who still need that conference with the teacher, especially in elementary schools. 2015-10-06 19:07
A parent of an elementary school student I do not understand why Jewish holidays are observed. What happened to separation of church & state? With Ft. Meade, the naval academy, NSA, DISA, cybercom, EPA, and countless other federal & state government jobs in AA County, why not follow the federal/state holiday calendar? A lot of people end up taking personal days off when the kids are out of school for a Jewish holiday, and then are home while the I ds are in school for the federal holidays. 2015-10-06 19:08
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I think the school year needs to start earlier in August so that more learning can happen before state test are given. Having 3 to 4 weeks of school after PARRC, HSA, AP AND IB testing is a waste of time. Having 3 parent conferences might be too much. Also having 2 hrs dismal on a Friday, with class on Monday and no school on Tuesday doesn't take learning into consideration. We don't need 2 hr dismissals for high school exams. Also celebrating Jewish holiday as that create 3 4 days weeks leading into quarterly benchmarks is also unfair to student learning. I feel this students need about 5 to 6 weeks of uninterrupted learning with a day off. A more purposeful calendar needs to be created to allow for more learning as well as days off to allow students to learn as well as a needed break. 2015-10-06 19:09
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Shorten Thanksgiving break. Wednesday through Friday is enough time off. Send the kids to school Monday and Tuesday. Shorten Easter break to a long weekend. Thursday through Monday is enough time off. Send the kids to school Monday to Wednesday before Easter weekend. Start school after labor day 2015-10-06 19:10
A parent of an elementary school student I'm in favor of reducing Spring break and Thanksgiving break. 2015-10-06 19:12
An AACPS employee -start the school year earlier than August 29 -reduce Thanksgiving break - keep Spring break the same (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) -keep parent teacher conference is in the fall and allow schools to schedule other times as needed 2015-10-06 19:16
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Shorten thanksgiving and Easter break, less teacher in service days so kids can get our early June. 2015-10-06 19:17
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Take days from Easter 2015-10-06 19:19
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student As a veteran teacher, starting school any earlier than Sept 29, leads to ineffective student productivity. Students and their families often vacation in August, leaving little time for parents to transition children to school year practices. It is very challenging to motivate students when many are still spending their evenings and weekends boating and swimming in their communities. Many retailers and entertainment groups extend promotional sales to the end of August, sometimes offering 'end of summer' celebrations in which families will participate. Again, this leads to many absences, early dismissals, and overall attention deficits in even the most studious minds. I recently transferred into AACPS, as a teacher and parent. I have also taught in Howard, Harford, Baltimore County & City, as well as in Fayette County Georgia. In each of these districts, parent conferences were held in different patterns. As a teacher, I often found a higher rate of parent attendance during Winter/Spring months. Every year, many teachers are either jam packed with parent meetings, while others are not. This is inefficient. If teachers and parents need time to meet, allow for one evening conference day where teachers are allowed to set their hours within a time frame, then allowed later start times on PD days. Very few of the general public parents can take time off of work to meet with teachers during the school day. Those who can, are most likely parents of those students performing average to above average. (Not statistically proven, yet very true of my 16 years teaching throughout the state of Maryland. Just ask your teachers.) As a teacher and a parent, I would rather see Thanksgiving break as 3 days, Weds, Thurs, Friday. A 4 day Easter break, 14, 15, 16, and 19th. And, I would find it very difficult to find childcare for 2 days in January. Allow for a half day county PD and the other half for teachers in their classrooms. Hold teleconferences to support environmental initiatives, utilizing more time for 'work' and less time for travel. 2015-10-06 19:19
A parent of a high school student We think that those opinion for next school year are totally unnecessary and taking away the kids break even more. 2015-10-06 19:20
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student Please begin school earlier than August 29th in order to get out of school earlier. Do not reduce the number of days for any holidays in order for families to visit or prepare for visitors. Do not add an additional parent/teacher conference day unless the decision is made to eliminate semester exams. If we have quarterly assessments then use some of that additional time for parents to request conferences & allow for some additional planning time. 2015-10-06 19:22
A parent of an elementary school student I would prefer to take days away from spring break and get out earlier in June. I also don't feel we need off for Jewish holidays in October. Those families who celebrate these holidays should be given an excused absence. 2015-10-06 19:24
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student   2015-10-06 19:25
An AACPS employee I am in favor of starting the school year earlier than the currently planned August 29, 2016, in order to end the year before the currently planned June 22, 2017. I favor - reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. I favor - accommodating three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods. 2015-10-06 19:25
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Start after Labor Day, shorten Easter keep long thanksgiving. 2015-10-06 19:29
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student I think we should have school Thanksgiving week. Other counties have 2 hour early dismissal days mon-wed to allow for parent conferences. And I think spring break should be shortened. It's hard to get the young kids back into the swing of things after a long break in the spring. Thank you!! 2015-10-06 19:29
A parent of a high school student Overall the calendar looks pretty good. I still would like to see school start after labor day - I don't understand the need for staggered entrance at the beginning of the year. 2015-10-06 19:29
A parent of an elementary school student I think it's not a good idea kids go to school alot already. 2015-10-06 19:30
A parent of an elementary school student Shorten thanksgivng break no days for extra conferences, there are so many ways to communicate/interact with teachers that adding days to calendar is not needed. Would not start earlier, at some point state will mandate start after labor day and we will have to figure out a plan...lets start that process now 2015-10-06 19:30
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would like to see the school year start AFTER Labor Day. Those days in August are usually hot and miserable in the un-air conditioned parts of the schools (gyms, cafeterias, etc.), and there seems little point in having days before a long weekend followed by a re-start the following week. I would also like to see teacher in-service days aligned with normal work holidays (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, etc.) so that working parents would be off to care for their children and families could spend time together, rather than cobbling childcare together on the many in-service days. 2015-10-06 19:31
A parent of an elementary school student Shorter thanksgiving break. Do not start school year earlier than August 29th. 2015-10-06 19:31
A parent of an elementary school student Shorter thanksgiving break. Do not start school year earlier than August 29th. 2015-10-06 19:31
A parent of an elementary school student Why must profession development 2 hr early dismissal be on Wednesday for 2015/16? Why not give the kids /parents an opportunity for an early start to the weekend without penalty. If my child is going to be off for a week I want to take advantage and go on a trip somewhere in the world. Why would you shorten length of breaks so you can make additional onsie twosie days. That is less time that we can trips to broaden their horizons and see other parts of the country. Starting school earlier in the year is great as long as you don't increase the number of days off. The goal would be to get out for the summer earlier so families can take advantage of the less crowded vacation areas and cheaper vacations . 2015-10-06 19:33
A parent of an elementary school student Shorten Thanksgiving break 2015-10-06 19:34
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Yes, shorten Thanksgiving break. Yes! end the school year earlier in June. I have family in MI that start their school year on SEP 8th and end on June 10th. There must be a way to get our school year to look more like that!! http://www.rockfordschools.org/Resources/PDF/RPS/School%20Calendar%20Friendly%20Format.pdf 2015-10-06 19:34
A parent of a high school student Start school earlier than August 29th in order to get out earlier. 2015-10-06 19:38
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a special school student I feel that the kids get out for summer break too late and return too early. However, if the summer break cannot be lengthened, then I am in favor of having them get out of school earlier in June. Also, I am in favor of having three to four days off for Thanksgiving and adding the Monday after Easter as a day off. Many people have to travel out of state and need a return day. 2015-10-06 19:39
A parent of a high school student School should start a week earlier in August, in order to get out earlier in June. 2015-10-06 19:39
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I feel kids do not need a week off at Thanksgiving. Just Thursday and Friday is enough. Spring break does not need a week. Good Friday and Easter Monday is enough. By the 1st of June teachers are done and the kids are done. All the teachers do are play movies and the kids learn nothing. I would rather see them go more during the year and less in June. Starting before Aug. 29th would be fine too. If families take a vacation not during off time or additional days that should not be counted against students and they should be able to make up the missed work within a certain about of time. 2015-10-06 19:40
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student reducing Thanksgiving and Spring Break so that the students get out of school earlier 2015-10-06 19:40
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I agree with shortening the days off for both spring break and thanksgiving. Maybe giving them off for thanksgiving day and the Friday following. Easter from good Friday to easter Monday. 2015-10-06 19:41
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I agree with shortening the days off for both spring break and thanksgiving. Maybe giving them off for thanksgiving day and the Friday following. Easter from good Friday to easter Monday. 2015-10-06 19:41
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student Shorten all breaks to provide longer summers No more conference days Change the high school exams to quarterly assessments No more of these useless professional development days 2015-10-06 19:41
A parent of an elementary school student Start school earlier (prior to Aug. 29) - getting out on June 26 is TOO LATE!! I agree with shortening the Thanksgiving break as that requires working parents to pay for additional childcare. If you shorten spring break to less than a week, I am sure many people will pull their kids out of school. I do not think we need to have Easter Monday off, though. 2015-10-06 19:41
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Ending the school year on June 22 is bad idea. We have lived in other states and students either start school the day after labor day and get out the first week of June, Or Start school the last week of August and get out the last week or May. I don't know why AACPS can't do either of those suggestions. We also don't need a week of Thanksgiving. Thursday and Friday is enough. Stop making our kids go to school for the most part of June then turn right back around and go back in August!!! Stop taking so many days off in the year and we can get out either the last week of May or first week of June!!! 2015-10-06 19:43
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I would prefer to see the children go back after Labor Day and finish earlier that June 22nd. I would be on board with removing days from thanksgiving week and Easter /spring break. 2015-10-06 19:44
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student If additional days are cut I would prefer the end of school date be moved up. The start date is very acceptable. 2015-10-06 19:47
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I strongly believe that both Thanksgiving and spring breaks should be shortened. Particularly with Thanksgiving break and the kids being off all week, working parents must find child care for M-W, or leave the kids home alone. I know of very few people who do any traveling or celebrating prior to Wednesday of that week. Shortening both breaks will help students stay in "school mode" during the year, and allow for a longer summer break - when there are structured camps and childcare available. Thanks for considering. 2015-10-06 19:51
An AACPS employee Reduce the Thanksgiving break - other school systems don't have the entire week off. Give several two hour early dismissal days for conferences. Don't reduce spring break. There are too many days off early in the year and not enough from March to June if you take those away. 2015-10-06 19:51
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I fully agree with starting the school year in September, shortening the Thanksgiving and Easter breaks and having conferences each quarter!!!!!!! 2015-10-06 19:55
An AACPS employee Either shorten the Thanksgiving break for ALL or keep the Thanksgiving break as long as it is, but since we are putting in 3 conference days for the first 3 marking periods, let's take out the Thanksgiving conference days. Families need to all vacation together, if a parent is an employee, the family can't get away at the same time for a whole week. We still need a Spring break as long as it is now. We all need that break at that time of year. 2015-10-06 20:00
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I prefer starting later in August (even after Labor Day if possible) even though it means ending later in June. I would prefer the start date not move earlier than Aug. 29, 2016. I also prefer having week-long breaks at Thanksgiving Christmas and Easter - would rather not see those shortened. 2015-10-06 20:01
An AACPS employee Do not start the school year earlier in to August. Yes reduce the Thanksgiving break by eliminating 1 of the PD/parent conference days that fall on the Monday/Tuesday of that week. Do not reduce Spring Break. some times we have to use this to accomodate snow days and with PARCC this is a much needed break for students which helps easy the long Spring semester filled with testing. 2015-10-06 20:03
A parent of a high school student Shorten the Thanksgiving and Easter breaks. kids use to go back to school after Labor Day and got out early June. Stop giving off for teacher development days, have development days in the summer. 2015-10-06 20:04
An AACPS employee We have to many unnecessary days off during the year. It is so hot in some of the buildings into late June. 2015-10-06 20:05
A parent of a middle school student I think starting a week later will improve our economy by allowing an extra week in august for families to go to the beach. Growing up in NJ we never started before labor day because it hurt business at the shore. I think the week off for Thanksgiving is to much time off. 2015-10-06 20:06
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, An AACPS student Please consider a start AFTER Labor Day and to finish BEFORE June 15. Get rid of all of the random days off and half days. It puts undo strain on the students and teachers by constantly and consistently changing their routine. The teachers cannot teach if the time they have is always hindered. Coming from a huge family of educators and administrators in NY, this calendar is a joke every year. It honestly makes no sense. A waste of tax payers money. Do in-service days at the beginning and end of the school year for a week like most other schools, taking less time away from academic teaching. Ditch the end of semester days in January. Shorten spring break. Too many sporadic half days and days off. Waste of tax payers money and parents additional resources for constant extra child care. Thank you for your considerations. I hope this is actually read and not to placate the public. 2015-10-06 20:06
A parent of an elementary school student These are my thought's ...thank you for asking : 1. Starting earlier than 8/29/16: I personally do not think we should start the school year until after Labor Day. This truly is the best time of year weather wise and is a clear distincition that marks the end of summer and the beginning of school year. Starting school on a Tuesday gives kids a short first week and then the following week should be a full week. Decreasing Thanksgiving Break: Personally I think decreasing thanksgiving break to only include thursday(thanksgiving), friday and then the weekend is ample. You could give the wed off to help people that travel. Otherwise the kids should be in school as very few people take that whole week to travel. With that in mind having the children off interferes with working parents schedules. Decreasing Spring Break: I would take away from Thanksgiving before I would take away spring break as I feel if any this is the time that people will truly take a week off of work to travel with their children. 3 days of parent teacher conferences: if used wiselely these are imperative As a parent of 2 public school children. I would rather my children go to school consistently. I would like a clear summer break and would like to decrease the amount of 2 hour early dismissals and segmented weeks. I feel the school year should be labor day to memorial day (maybe a little longer than memorial day ) . Short days and segmented weeks seem to be a bit of a waste as little is accomplished in the classroom as everyone anticipates the break. Again thank you for allowing feedback and I hope you take this to heart. Best wishes 2015-10-06 20:09
A parent of an elementary school student School should start as it has been over the years. Better yet, the Tuesday after Labor Day. It should end the second week in June. The 14th at the latest. Reduce/eliminate the amount of professional days. Thanksgiving break should only be Wednesday/Thursday/Friday. Easter/Spring break should also be reduced to 2-3 days. 2015-10-06 20:11
A parent of an elementary school student 1.)starting the school year earlier than the currently planned August 29, 2016, in order to end the year before the currently planned June 26, 2016. Start the School earlier so the children can end the year earlier. Ending the school year on June 22 is a horrible idea and if the motion is passed my child will stop attending school after Flag day like the school system did in the early 2000's. You are cutting into summer vacation and the children need a break. More and more children are suffering with stress because of too much pressure put onto them, they need time off from school. 2.)reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. Keep Thanksgiving break how it is. It's been five days for decades, why change it now? 3.)reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) to a lesser number. Have spring break be Thursday to Easter Monday. There's no reason to have a week long break. I rather have my child enjoy more time during the summer than have so much time off during the school year. 4.)Accommodating three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods This is a horrible idea, there only needs to be one parent teacher conference a year. People work and cannot take off time to meet with a teacher for 30 minutes and afford daycare for the day because school is closed. Having open communication between teachers, students and parents is a better idea. Have a open time when parents can come in and see their child actually learning and be involved that way. There's some parents who never go to a parent teacher conference so why make the children miss more time in school and suffer at the end of the year. 2015-10-06 20:11
An AACPS student Why can't parent teacher conferences be done after school. Do not change the Thanksgiving break or Easter break. Students will be stressed out by missing school when parents have already made plans for families. If you have to make the change let it be grandfathered in. 2015-10-06 20:12
A parent of an elementary school student Please do not lessen Easter break. We love spending time as a family this week and visiting Grandparents that live out of town. We have off for many other religious holidays in October, can we also have off to celebrate the holy week before Easter. 2015-10-06 20:13
A parent of an elementary school student Please do not begin the school year before August 29! Summer time is when my children and their friends are able to enjoy being kids-being outdoors for hours on end. They are able to participate in many unique activities that our area offers: beaches, crabbing, boating, kayaking, fishing, etc. I would gladly shorten the Thankgiving break to accommodate a later start. But by spring break a full week off is needed to recharge for the last months of the school year. 2015-10-06 20:13
An AACPS employee Keep the start date the same. Parents often take vacations the end of August and students miss time. Keep the Thanksgiving break and Spring break one week. It allows students and staff time to visit out-of-town family members. I would prefer conferences the same as this year. 2015-10-06 20:14
A parent of an elementary school student Three parent/teacher conference days are unnecessary. Should shorten Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break. Should start before the 29th. Two hour earlier dismissals are excessive. 2015-10-06 20:15
An AACPS employee -Make Spring Break a long weekend, Friday and Monday off for all. Make the Thursday before Spring Break the final parent conference day of the year, giving students off. -Reducing Thanksgiving Break only reduces the break for students. Teachers are still working on Monday and Tuesday (attending PD or parent conferences). 2015-10-06 20:16
An AACPS employee Elementary teachers do not need three days assigned for parent teacher conferences. We communicate and conference with parents all year long! I just had six conferences with parents before interims went home. 2015-10-06 20:18
A parent of a middle school student I would like the school year to start earlier to end before the 22nd. Starting on the 22nd of August would be our choice. Reducing the number of days in both thanksgiving and spring break would also be preferred to end the school year earlier. Also having a conference day in three marking periods is uncalled for. The parent connect is useful and keeps parents up to date on child's progress in addition to the teachers willingness to communicate concerns throughout the school year. 2015-10-06 20:19
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please do away with 90% of the half days. They are extraordinarily disruptive to parent schedules. Please also condense the random smattering of days off into long weekends or other useful times. 2015-10-06 20:19
A parent of a middle school student The fact that the school year is ending so late, cuts into summer sports and camps. I either send my child to camp for an elite swimming program & have her marked illegally absent or send her to school to do nothing the last week. The middle school kids aren't even aloud to bring in paper or folders the last week! 2015-10-06 20:20
A parent of an elementary school student The school year is too long. These kids need to be out the first week in June. Elementary parents conference with teachers at any time...why take three days out of the schedule for conferences? 2015-10-06 20:20
A parent of a middle school student Consider starting the year earlier. Please leave Spring break, it is the only way families can visit family during the school year without missing school. 2015-10-06 20:22
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please end school before June 22. Shorten the Thanksgiving and Spring Break. Go back to the way it used to be. See school year calendar from 1994-95. Please no parent teacher conferences in MP 1-3. As it is, the conferences seem to be a huge waste of time if your child is doing well in school. If parents or teachers have concerns, they should have conferences on their own. 2015-10-06 20:22
A parent of an elementary school student I don't think shortening the school year is in the best interest of the children. Having longer summer breaks only adds to the loss experienced when school is out. 2015-10-06 20:23
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Keep the August 29 2016 start day (unless the new end date would be at least one week earlier) Reduce the Thanksgiving break to 3 days. Keep the full week for Spring break. I personally don't feel the 3rd parent teacher conference day would be a benefit to the majority as parents can, at any time, request conferences with teachers. 2015-10-06 20:23
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Dont close school day after easter. 2015-10-06 20:24
A parent of an elementary school student Please DO NOT begin school in any earlier in August.(This year was very tough because of the 8/24 start). If anything, go back to starting school the day after Labor Day. All the reasoning has already been presented and it seems the majority of the more involved parents agree on this. Please make the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week school days. Please make the Easter break only Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday (there are 4 days right there back on the calendar). It also seems realistic that adjustments could be made elsewhere to gain back 2 other days as in school days which are days where the schools are closed for students. these become more up for debate, but many believe it can be accomplished without going longer into June with the last day of school. (I grew up in AA Co. Schools from start to finish and there are ways this can be addressed successfully). Thanks to everyone for their best effort and for allowing the input. Sincerely. 2015-10-06 20:24
A parent of an elementary school student Please find a way to end the year earlier than June 22. We do not need a week off at Thanksgiving. 2015-10-06 20:26
A parent of an elementary school student Why is there a week off in November for Thanksgiving? 2015-10-06 20:27
A parent of an elementary school student I think ending the school year June 22 is way too late into the summer. 2015-10-06 20:27
Other Less early dismissals 2015-10-06 20:29
A parent of a middle school student Let's begin earlier to allow the kids to get out earlier. Many of the kids in our neighborhood have summer camps that do not match up with the AACPS schedule. Even the camps at AACC for kids, begin before the county schools close. 2015-10-06 20:30
An AACPS employee There is no need for all of those conference days. 2015-10-06 20:30
An AACPS student I dont want to have off so long for Thanksgiving- I want to get out earlier. 2015-10-06 20:31
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I do not agree with this calendar. Starting school earlier and ending later plus shortening the vacations is not an answer. If you are shortening the breaks then school you should not start before August 29th and end June 22. This is having the kids not be able to have any summer break. What happened to schools starting after Labor Day? 2015-10-06 20:32
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student If there are going to be parent conferences once a quarter for the first three quarters then we should not have the two day conferences in November and make them school days. The week long spring break, if changed should be changed to have off Tuesday- Friday instead of Monday - Thursday especially if we are still having the Monday after Easter as a holiday. 2015-10-06 20:33
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please do not start the school year earlier. The kids shouldn't start school til after Labor Day. Get rid of the Jewish holidays and some of the other one off days. Reduce Thanksgiving break, the kids get a long break around Christmas less than a month later. 2015-10-06 20:33
A parent of an elementary school student - do NOT start earlier than 8/29 - yes to shorter Easter break - yes to shorter Thx break - no addt'l parent/teacher conf needed (or could they please be late afternoon/early evening hours so babysitters/working parents are available?) - no opinion on final exams ??? What is the % of both parent/guardians working outside of the home in AA Co? The AACPS schedule continues to be EXTREMELY limiting to those families; all vaca days have to be used for closings/early dismissals/parent conferences (which also have to find coverage to NOT bring student you are speaking about). I can't imagine the hardship for a single parent...they probably can't attend anything and statistically may have the student(s) who would need for them to be more involved. Thank you for opening it up to comment even though it only seems to result in more conference days to use a vacation day...like this past year. 2015-10-06 20:37
An AACPS student Start school year earlier and end earlier. Have Thanksgiving break from Wednesday-Friday Easter/Spring Break- Wednesday through Monday Dont get off on Jewish holidays 2015-10-06 20:37
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-06 20:39
An AACPS employee This new proposed calendar is outrageous nothing needs to be changed just leave it alone and let these kids have their days off to spend time with their family and have time for themselves 2015-10-06 20:40
An AACPS employee   2015-10-06 20:41
A parent of an elementary school student I don't see the purpose of the two-day closure at the end of January. There are already two off days in January. I object to length of Thanksgiving and Christmas break. There is no reason why students should have a week off at Thanksgiving. It makes more sense to have a two week break at Christmas and Thursday and Friday Thanksgiving week. If you are going to continue truncating Christmas break, then I will continue to take my children out of school for Christmas travel. 2015-10-06 20:42
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Leave start date at 8/29. Reduce both Thanksgiving and spring breaks. Leave conference days at two. 2015-10-06 20:42
A parent of an elementary school student Starting the school year before Labor Day and going well past the middle of June is ridiculous! Many other states start after Labor Day and end right at the beginning of June. Growing up in a different state and being military and living in many different states, there are so many things that Anne Arundel county can learn by taking a look at how other school districts handle days off and professional development. I am sick of elementary schools and middle schools needing to get out early because high school has exams. There are plenty of other districts just as big as Anne Arundel county that bus just as many kids that can make that work. Also, ask the teachers how many of them actually get things out of all of their professional development days. Like I stated before many other districts have worked this out. Also, being a military family we use our summer vacation to visit family out of state and also allow out children to participate in activities in the area, with such a short summer vacation, it leaves little time to do both. 2015-10-06 20:42
Other   2015-10-06 20:43
A parent of an elementary school student Don't start any earlier but find a way to end earlier. Kids miss half the summer. Make easter break wed before easter til Monday after. Take away some professional development days 2015-10-06 20:43
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student First of all, the amount of early dismissals and school closings in our county is absolutely ridiculous. There are an absurd number of these and most should be eliminated. All Professional Development Days should be completed during the summer when school is not in session. Our students education should come first and these days completely disrupt learning, routine and lesson plans. Early dismissals should only effect the schools that need them ie. elementary and middle schools should be not be affected by this. Any snow days should be taken off of the spring break. Yes, the Thanksgiving break should be shortened. Also, the school year itself should be expanded to year round attendance. Students need more consistency without long breaks to excel and learn better. Year round schooling could happen with short breaks every so many weeks. This would eliminate the summer slide and help us catch up to the rest of the world. 2015-10-06 20:44
A parent of an elementary school student Keep start and end to summer the same as planned. Shorten Easter break by 1 day at the end. Remove Easter Monday to keep full week for spring break. It's very difficult to find child care for Monday for working parents. 2015-10-06 20:44
A parent of an elementary school student The school year shouldn't end as late as June 22nd, 2017. I don't see a reason to add more teacher/parent conferences. The school system provides ParentConnect, which is a great tool for parents to stay connected with their child's grades. The teachers provide parents with their email address and they respond in an orderly manner. We already have a small amount of weeks where the students are in school for the full five days. It seems like every time I turn around they are off of school for something or getting out two hours early. I am for the reduced days on Spring Break. Ten days off, including the weekend, is a lot considering the children were having days off for the weather not long before. Or a bunch of two hour delays due to extreme cold conditions. Thanksgiving break should stay the same. That is the time most people visit with family and the parent/teacher conferences happen during this time. Please don't reduce Summer Vacation to add more days off during the school year. Consistency through the school year is easier on everyone instead of consistent school weeks. 2015-10-06 20:48
A parent of an elementary school student The calendar needs to be adjusted to take away unnecessary days off. Families can no longer afford to take summer vacations because you don't want to schedule it for immediately after the school year incase snow days are added on but with getting out so late in June it runs into the higher summer vacation rates. My family doesn't get to take multiple mini vacations throughout the year so my children look forward to our one summer vacation. Kids need breaks throughout the school year but a week at a time is excessive. 2015-10-06 20:50
A parent of an elementary school student This is ridiculous! You are taking days away that kids like forward to with their family friendly the holiday's. Take away days that mean nothing. Starting school early than August 29th is wrong, the children need a nice summer break to be refreshed for a new school year. 2015-10-06 20:51
Other I think the school year should start earlier. I am curious as to why parent conferences have to be built in the schedule when parents can schedule a meeting at any time. But if two days have to be scheduled I think it should be throughout the year. And not add one one more to make the school year even longer. I also believe that spring break should return to a three day break. 2015-10-06 20:52
Other I think the school year should start earlier. I am curious as to why parent conferences have to be built in the schedule when parents can schedule a meeting at any time. But if two days have to be scheduled I think it should be throughout the year. And not add one one more to make the school year even longer. I also believe that spring break should return to a three day break. 2015-10-06 20:52
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I think this calendar is awful. Our children should not be in school before labor day, and getting out as late as June 22nd. 2015-10-06 20:52
A parent of an elementary school student I think keeping the calendar the way it is would be great. No change, start as currently planned for the 2016-17 year. I know family time is important and it would great to keep the T-giving, X-mass, and Spring break as full weeks off. Please do not change. 2015-10-06 20:56
A parent of an elementary school student Please do not start the school year any earlier. 2015-10-06 20:59
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-06 21:00
A parent of a middle school student Leave calendar as is with later start date of Aug. 29th and end date of June 22. Do not take away days from Spring Break. Would be agreeable to a Wed to Frid Thanksgiving break but would need to look at other options for Parent-Teacher conferences. 2015-10-06 21:00
A parent of a middle school student I believe the Thanksgiving break should be limited to Thanksgiving and the next day. I also believe that students should be in school and not off on 17 Apr. One week is enough for spring break. 2015-10-06 21:03
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please do not start earlier or end later. Give these kids the break they deserve. Take away from thanksgiving and Easter if need be. 2015-10-06 21:06
A parent of a high school student I am not in favor of starting the school year earlier than August 29th. I am in favor of reducing the Thanksgiving and Spring break. Cut At least two days from Thanksgiving week and three from Spring break. I am not in favor of additional parent conferences. These should be scheduled as needed by the parent and teacher. These are a total waste of time in middle school and non existent in high school. 2015-10-06 21:06
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student June 22nd is way too late to end school. spring break needs to go back to 2 days off. 2015-10-06 21:08
A parent of an elementary school student Start school 1 week earlier so that last day can be earlier. Keep thanksgiving break as is. Reduce number of days off at Easter break, if additional snow days are needed. 2015-10-06 21:08
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Yes yes yes! Please reduce Thanksgiving and Spring break so that we can get out of school in early June! 2015-10-06 21:12
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Take away days for Thanksgiving and Easter breaks. 2015-10-06 21:14
A parent of a middle school student I'm not in favor of starting school any early then August 29th. I would like to reduce the Thanksgiving and Spring break by at least 2 days. I think the parent teacher conferences are a waste of time in middle school and high school. 2015-10-06 21:15
An AACPS student Parent teacher conferences are a waste of time and resources. Opening sooner would make me sad and I would still get around the same time so it doesn't make a difference. Reduce both breaks. 2015-10-06 21:16
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student I think all marking periods should have parent teacher conferences, but have them after school to benefit everyone involved. I also think school start times should be left alone. I would be okay with them going earlier in August to get out earlier in June. 2015-10-06 21:16
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I do not want to make any changes to the dates for the 2016-2017 calender. Yes for 3 day parent teacher conference 2015-10-06 21:17
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student Spring break should be cut back, even Thanksgiving break can be. The students are done time June hits so anyway to get them out and starting their well deserve summer is the way to go. No reason for more parent teacher conference times if one is needed teachers will plan one own their own. 2015-10-06 21:19
A parent of an elementary school student We find the week in January of all the 1/2 days and 2 days off for high school exam/etc a waste for all other schools. Does study hall not exist anymore? We understand it is a bus issue but there must be a better solution. Fix this instead of removing holiday spring break. By then the kids need a break but in January we just had a long holiday. Pls rethink that week thank you 2015-10-06 21:19
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I think this calendar is awful. The kids should go back to school after Labor Day and be finished by no later than June 15th. I find it ridiculous that years ago this is how it worked and now all of a sudden, school seems to last longer and longer. The kids need a break, the parents need a break. I think the school system needs to shorten the 180 day requirement or make other changes to the holiday schedules to ensure the school year is between Labor Day and June 15th. 2015-10-06 21:19
A parent of an elementary school student i am for starting school earlier and ending earlier in June. I also think teacher education should not take place during what would be school hours. Those days off from school just create inconsistency to those who we are seeking to benefit. 2015-10-06 21:21
A parent of an elementary school student Don't shorten the thanksgiving break or or Easter break! The kids need some time off! 2015-10-06 21:23
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I'd love to see the 2 hour early dismissal days reduced to only the end of the marking periods. I'd also like to see school start after Labor Day 2017. I think it would be good to reduce the number of days off at Thanksgiving and Easter break as well. 2015-10-06 21:23
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student They get too much time off during the year. Going to school until June 17 or 22nd is outrageous. Cut the days for spring break and conferences. So they can get out at Decent time in June. My eldest son has perfect attendance he is currently a 10th grade at gbhs and has perfect attendance all the way to prek . Its is asking too much to have them in school that late. They don't have a full week of school until almost Oct which is crazy 2015-10-06 21:24
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student The kids need more breaks throughout the year not less. Make the summer break shorter and add more short breaks throughout the year. It's s proven fact that kids need more time off during the school year to recuperate and relax. And the summer break is too long. The costs for camps are ridiculously high and the kids forget half of the stuff they have learned the prior year. We need to learn from some of the Northern European Countries (such as Finnland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany) who are way ahead of us in the USA 2015-10-06 21:26
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I don't need or want 3 different parent conference days throughout the year. If I'm concerned with my child's progress, I contact the teacher. The year needs to end before June 22. The students are mentally done after Memorial Day. Trying to keep them focused during the month of June just results in more discipline problems. If you cut back on the Thanksgiving break and Easter break, that's fine, but also consider removing the Jewish holidays since the Jewish population in AACo is not large enough to warrant the closures. 2015-10-06 21:27
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student School should start after Labor Day , shorten thanksgiving, Easter and take out some of the teacher in service days. So the kids get out earlier in June. 2015-10-06 21:30
An AACPS employee I like the week long spring break and suggest we keep it. I think if we shorten the Thanksgiving break, I would propose allowing parent/teacher conference days to occur on Veteran's Day when families are already off. 2015-10-06 21:36
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student A big thumbs down!!!!!!! 2015-10-06 21:37
A parent of an elementary school student Starting school earlier in August is ridiculous. School should start after Labor Day! Decrease some of the inservices teachers are to attend therefore eliminating some of the 2hr early dismissals or entire days off. Definitely shorten Thanksgiving break. It's a no brainer. I can't believe it hasn't been done yet. It should only be 2 or 3 days, 5 is crazy! It's only necessary to be off Thanksgiving Thur & Fri for sure, but possibly Mon after holiday OR a 2 hr early dismissal the Wed before Thanksgiving. Students attend school up until Christmas Eve, then are off a full week. It's not necessary to be off an entire week for Thanksgiving. Teachers as well as students, I'm sure look forward to spring break, but it could be shortened by 2 or 3 days. Having a break from Wed or Thur through Easter Mon. Why add more parent teacher conferences? More is not necessary. One in the beginning or middle is sufficient. It is a parents responsibility to be involved with their children's school work to at least know how they are doing. If there is concern a parent can begin by reaching out to the teacher(s) by calling and leaving a message or sending an email. Not to mention the numerous ways parents can be connected via blackboard, parent connect & the schools web site. Additional conferences resulting in more days students and teachers are not in the classroom together is totally counterproductive! I can only speak about my experience regarding final exams (long ago), I don't see an issue with it. Having a 1/2 day after long exams is a nice reward. It's hard work to study and prepare for these exams, but that's what your supposed to do. By adding back in days I suggested for our children to be in the classroom, should allow school to begin after Labor Day as well as end at reasonable time in June, 1st or 2nd week. Children deserve a summer. As it is, by time spring sports and school is over it's almost 4th of July. Then, fall sports start so early, weeks before school starts and before you know it summer break is over. A quality summer break is good and parents should make the most of it and be involved whether it's quality family time or attending camps (recreational or educational). 2015-10-06 21:37
A parent of a high school student   2015-10-06 21:38
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student 1. Not all students start on the first day of school (Kindergarten, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th) yet it still counts as a school day. Why not give the high school the days off for their end of semester break, and have every other grade still attend school. You would have more students attending than you do on the first day of school. Apply the same principle to the two conference days for Elementary School in November. Give them days off and send all middle and high school students to school. You would still have approximately the same number of students attending as you do on the first day of school. By doing this, you could add 4 days back into the school calendar, allowing students to get out earlier in June. 2015-10-06 21:46
A parent of an elementary school student I think that Thanksgiving should be less then 5 days but do not believe spring break should be shorter. I am fine with students going baCk the 3rd week in August so they can get out earlier in June. Late June is pointless as many parents stop sending their kids and begin their vacations. 2015-10-06 21:48
A parent of an elementary school student Greetings AACPS Board, As a parent of two elementary school students in AA county, I am not in favor of the proposed school schedule. Students today carry a considerable burden under the current curriculum and need time off. You notify the parents that a change in schedule is being considered, but fail to communicate what activities will fill the added days. Considering the workload the children face today, I would like to understand what you gain by adding the additional school days. If the trend continues, in a few years the it will be July before the school year ends. Keep the school year as it is. Sincerely, Paul 2015-10-06 22:04
A parent of an elementary school student I think school should end in early June and the kids should have more summer and Christmas vacation. Our kids no longer have a chance to be bored and enjoy the wonders of childhood. 2015-10-06 22:06
A parent of a high school student If the visual of the calendars in the first part of the school year isn't an obvious enough indicator, there are way too many disruptions and days off in September, October, November, and December. 1. I do not support school beginning for students any more than 5 days in advance of Labor Day. 2. Reduce or eliminate professional days embedded in the first several months of the calendar year--they turn out to be useless half-days for students. Instead, provide valuable professional days and time for teachers to prepare for the Fall in the days/weeks just prior to the beginning of the school year. Having teachers prepared before students arrive is much more effective than trying to play catch-up later when teachers are busy enough with their day to day obligations. 3. Return the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving to regular full-day school days. "Conference days" and "professional development days" before a holiday just end up being used as sick days or ignored in order to take more time off for a holiday; the students don't benefit at all academically from having the entire week off and then three weeks later having another 10 days or more off for Christmas/winter break. 4. Let the Christmas/winter break be the one that everyone looks forward to after having a productive lead-up in the Fall. Let's foster an attitude of pride in productivity and steady accomplishments and build students' focus at the beginning of the school year instead of breaking up every month with countless interruptions. 5. I attended high school in Bucks County, PA from 1978-1982 and we did not have 90 minute block schedules or semester exams. Our schools produced high-achieving students who went on to be successful, high-achieving college students. Let's not underestimate our students' abilities to adapt. Properly prepared high school students learn to adjust to college-level workloads and testing schedules when they get to college. I question the benefit of imposing the current mid-term and final exam schedule on high school- aged students. Valuable instructional time is wasted in the 4 half-days and 2 teacher work days it takes to administer the tests. 6. Leave Spring break as is and use days as needed for snow make-up days. 7. Last day of school in June should be no later than mid-June. 8. There should not be a day off for a teacher convention in the Fall. Teacher Conventions should not be held during the school year, ever. 2015-10-06 22:08
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Absolutely ridiculous! Who is making these calendars?!? Certainly not anyone I've EVER spoken to! We do NOT need a week at Thanksgiving and a week at Spring Break! Also, get rid of all the other misc, random days off! School should NEVER start before Labor Day and should NEVER go past the first week in June IMO. the students are done, the teachers are done and the parents are DONE! Every single teacher that I've ever spoken to about this agrees that there are too many days off during the year causing school to go later into the summer. Give the kids and teachers a break! Summer is over in the blink of an eye as it is, STOP THE MADNESS! Forcing kids to go to school befor Labor Day and almost until the end of June is NOT making them smarter! You're wasting your time, their time and a ton of money!! Go back to the way it used to be, we all turned out just fine! Haven't you ever heard if it ain't broke don't fix it?? 2015-10-06 22:14
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I believe we should have a shorter Thanksgiving break, like Weds through Friday only. Also, there should be less days off & fewer early dismissal days in January. It makes it difficult for the students to get back into the school mindset after the long Christmas break. Overall, there are entirely too many days off and early dismissals. There are only 8 full weeks of school out of 22 weeks in the entire first semester. 2015-10-06 22:16
A parent of a high school student three days of parent-teacher conferences. 2015-10-06 22:26
A parent of a high school student Since there is no winter brake I would like to see the Spring brake kept as is. I would also like to keep days off during the school year to give the teachers time to work on their assigments and the students time for special school projects or simply a break. The summer break is unnecessary to long already. 2015-10-06 22:27
A parent of a high school student Since there is no winter brake I would like to see the Spring brake kept as is. I would also like to keep days off during the school year to give the teachers time to work on their assigments and the students time for special school projects or simply a break. The summer break is unnecessary to long already. 2015-10-06 22:30
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I think that AACPS should not close for Jewish holidays, or for MLK day....we don't shut down for veterans day,which is a day to give thanks to thousands of veterans & current military that fight 4 our country but we close for MLK? Great man but not worth closing down for. I don't believe that all the in service days are needed either, a few yes but not one or two every other month. I also don't think our kids should have to make up days due to snow, we can't control mother nature & they don't choose the length of days schools shut down due to snow. I think that the Holiday breaks are more or less a good amount of days for the kids to be out of school, actually I'm unsure of thanksgiving holiday.I remember thinking last yr that it was either too short or too long (if it was closed for more than 2 days not counting weekend)Easter is technically spring break which I do believe the kids need a 3-4 day+wkend break, to get out side, revive their brains,catch up on sleep and for some kids spend time w/family as they celebrate Easter, and XMas has always been the same amt of days and won't change. When I was a student in 90's we didn't start til after labor day and it seems like we never stayed in school til end of June. June 22 is giving them a 2 month summer instead of 3, which is closer to the amount of days we had off for summer break. How was that done then? Check back and recreate or our kids r gonna get burnt out and resent the idea of going to school. 2015-10-06 22:38
A parent of a high school student Stop giving so many Jewish holidays off. Every time I turn around their off for a Jewish holiday but they don't observe federal holidays. We don't live in a large Jewish community. Also they should start school after Labor Day. I have never seen a school district with so many days off. Other counties start school after AACPS and finish before AACPS. 2015-10-06 22:54
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student As far as I can see all these changes equate to more school days and shorter holiday. As a parent I find it hard enough to have family get aways throughout the year without thanksgiving and spring break being made shorter. School seems to dominate all of our time as it is, please don't eat in to our breaks as well. 2015-10-06 22:56
A parent of a middle school student Do not make children spend more time in school. This is why they lose patience. Their weekends, which is their time away from school, is already spent writing essays and doing projects. We don't need our children going to school earlier, ending school later into the summer, and having less days for holiday breaks. The line needs to be drawn somewhere. 2015-10-06 23:58
A parent of an elementary school student As a single parent, I find this schedule extremely hard with finding daycare with this suggested times for additional conferences. I also don't see why I would need to be in conferences when my child is meeting grade level expectations. 2015-10-07 00:33
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Shorten Easter break to only Friday and Monday off. We do not need an entire week off. I work in the school full time. I love the week off at Thanksgiving however would sacrifice some of those days to have more time off in August/June. My opinion: Getting out of school after June 20 is too late and going back to school before August 22 is too early to go back. Ditch Easter break. Ditch Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving break. 2015-10-07 03:31
A parent of a high school student Less holiday breaks and begin later and end earlier. June 22 is far too late 2015-10-07 03:34
A parent of a middle school student Starting the school year earlier is ridiculous. 2015-10-07 04:03
A parent of a high school student Please do not start the school year any earlier. Spring break can be shortened. Leave the Thanksgiving break the way it is. 2015-10-07 04:05
A parent of a high school student I would propose keeping the week long spring and thanksgiving breaks. They are very important family times and shortening them will cause children who are traveling with their families to miss school. We as parents do not need any full days let alone any more single days to try to figure out what to do with our kids for childcare because school is randomly closed. There are way too many random half and full days already. I would propose getting rid of most of them. Look at any of the private school calanders. If a parent needs to meet with a teacher, make an appointment. AACPS calander is already longer than any other my children have been through 2015-10-07 04:22
A parent of a middle school student I believe rather strongly that students should have two months of summer vacation at a MINIMUM. Shortening summer vacation is definitely NOT a good solution. How about eliminating some of the 2-hour early dismissal and/or professional development days instead?? These seem excessive in my opinion. Thank you. Rachel Preston rbpreston13@gmail.com 2015-10-07 04:30
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student, Other I grew up in this county and attended public schools all my life. With that being said, I believe we need to go back to shorter holidays: a) 1/2 day Wed before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving off and that Friday off; b) Good Friday and Easter Monday off. We do not need extra days for parent conferences at the end of the marking period. Parents who want to talk to their child's teacher usually make time or communicate through e-mail. 2015-10-07 04:32
A parent of a high school student -Thanksgiving break should start on that Wednesday. - Not sure why the two days are needed off in January after the 2nd marking period is over?? - Christmas break should be 2 weeks not matter when Christmas falls. This really messes up parents and families trying to arrange travel over the Holidays, - Spring Break should stay as is, not sure why they need the Monday after Easter off though -Personally I don't understand why the students get a lot of half days and why they can't end school earlier in June. With the proposed date of school ending they are in class almost half the summer months. So therefore any summer programs or camps they cant attend because they are still in class. My son personally had to miss out on a program that was being offered at MIT due to school ending so late. 2015-10-07 04:44
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student No offense to Jewish residents of the county but we need to open schools on Oct. 3rd and Oct. 12th for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper. These are not federal holidays. All parents have to work on these days. All other counties have school these days. I talked to previous administrations and they said this was a carryover from a superintendent coming over from Montgomery County and said these committees could take care if it with next survey. Giving these days off is a hardship for everybody and the days could be used to extend start date to after labor day or shorten school year in June. Please consider this. 2015-10-07 04:46
An AACPS employee Please continue to start the school year earlier as you have in years past so the school year ends earlier than June 22nd. 2015-10-07 04:46
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I am all for shortening the thanksgiving(weds-fri) and spring break(Friday & Monday). I would rather my kids get out of school a little earlier then have a full week holiday vacation in those holidays. 2015-10-07 05:08
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student 1. Start school year earlier in August. Most parents, students, and teachers are ready to return earlier in August. 2. Thanksgiving break is not five days for teachers. That should be clarified and not presented as though we all have a five day vacation. 3. Elementary teachers cannot effectively meet with all students' parents in one day. So, if the calendar is changed to one conference day per marking period then there needs to be guidelines on conference requirements. I believe it will cause backlash to meet with some families and not others. I recommend keeping the fall conference days as they have been scheduled. 4. Keep spring break as it has been scheduled. Many families no longer live near their relatives and religious holidays are when families travel around the country to see one another. 5. If anything, the county should move toward year round schools. With starting the school year the beginning of August (or having a summer session in July), there would not be the loss of learning that occurs over the summer break. The county would not need to provide summer school or extended learning for students with disabilities. To offset the earlier start (and the number of days employees are paid to work), extend the days off at Labor Day and Memorial Day and add a fall break. 2015-10-07 05:16
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I would rather see the spring break shortened by two to three days. Thanksgiving is a big travel time for a large contingent of families. If the calendar is started earlier in August the possibility of air conditioning cost and efficiency seems to come into pay.Plus are we not eliminating final exams and replacing them with quarterly assessments? How does effect the calendar? 2015-10-07 05:20
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student School should not start before Labor Day We do not need to observe Jewish holidays, our Jewish population is not that large. We don't need 3 parent teacher conference times. 2 is enough. Spring break does not need to be a week. Observing Easter, Thursday-Easter Monday is plenty. A week off for thanksgiving in conjunction with conferences is good. We need to get out ALOT earlier in June. The students should be dismissed for the summer after the first week of June. Once HS graduation is over, the 2 hr ED days should start. And Columbus Day should be observed. The federal government observe it and it's a shame of the school system that they don't treat that as a holiday. 2015-10-07 05:21
An AACPS employee I would like spring break to be shorter and less two hour early dismissals. As an elementary teacher it is so hard on the younger ones and their routine, and having professional development for two hours after is very difficult. 2015-10-07 05:22
A parent of a high school student I am not in favor of starting school earlier than August 29th. I am in favor of reducing the number of days off for Thanksgiving from M-F to W-F. I am in favor of reducing the number of days off for Easter to a long weekend having Good Friday off and the Monday after Easter off. Hopefully, by taking a few days away the kids can get out a little bit earlier and enjoy more summer. Summer vacation is too short. 2015-10-07 05:26
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Ridiculous . Kids should go to school after Labor Day and school should end early June . They don't need a week off for Thanksgiving or Spring Break . Jewish holidays should be given just to the Jewish community . A longer school year isn't making these kids any smarter . By the end of May, teachers are done , students are done and parents are done . We all turned out fine with having a school year from the day after Labor Day to the first week of June . Not sure why it changed . All these ridiculous days off is absurd . 2015-10-07 05:36
A parent of a high school student Ending the school year June 26th is not a favorable. And if there are snow days what then? I would say starting school in mid-August is the best first option. 2015-10-07 05:38
A parent of a middle school student My children need more time off in the summer, we would gladly give up some vacation days during the school year ( such as Thanksgiving break ) so that they can enjoy a longer summer! Please know that our kids need this break over the summer for trips to grandparents houses, vacations, sports activities etc. 2015-10-07 05:39
A parent of a high school student Would prefer to have shorter spring break so that last day of school could be earlier in June. 2015-10-07 05:45
An AACPS student   2015-10-07 05:46
A parent of an elementary school student Please start the school year AT LEAST one week earlier (22 Aug). Also, reduce Thanksgiving break by two days so that school is in session Monday and Tuesday of that week. 2015-10-07 05:48
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Any way possible to find the students more summer is the way I vote. It's too expensive to travel over easter or thanksgiving. If they want to give a spring break move it away from a holiday so people can afford to travel and make it so they can't participate in sports while off. Can't go away if you high school child has practice. The students get out way too late and go back too early!!!! 2015-10-07 05:51
Other Start after labor day. End 2nd to 3rd week in June. Figure out how to make it work. Maybe reduce the inservice days. Judging from the local tap rooms, many teachers do not use the days as intended. THey are hangover recovery days/ 2015-10-07 05:53
A parent of a high school student There should be less in service teacher days. There is no point to having an obsessive amount of them. The breaks should remain the same because they can really help students catch up on homework. 2015-10-07 05:53
A parent of an elementary school student School should start after Labor Day. Period. Stop stealing summer, and heed the efforts of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who agrees. The song was called "See You In September" for a reason.... 2015-10-07 05:54
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student NO- Do not start the school year earlier. YES- Reduce Thanksgiving and Easter/Spring break in order to end the school year sooner. NO- Leave conferences alone. It's hard enough to get to the one conference as a working parent. It would almost be impossible to make three conferences. As a teacher it's hard enough just to get the parents in for their one scheduled conference. Many respond they will come and no-show anyway. Making all parents provide email addresses for communication would make more conferences unnecessary as we could better communicate with parents more frequently. Still, I don't know why you ask for our input as it seems you never listen and just do what you want anyway regardless of the extra burdens you place on hard working employees. 2015-10-07 06:01
A parent of an elementary school student This is absolutely ridiculous! Don't start the school yeat earlier, families do most of there vacations later in the year. Start the school yeat after Labor day, take awa two days from Thanksgiving vacation, take away 3 days from Easter/spring break. Instead of having a bunch of half days at the end of school year turn them into full days or if you have 1/2 days during the school year that are back to back just turn them into a day off or ask yourself, is half days really nessary. June 22 is way to late to get out of school and unless they will get out the first week of June starting by August 29, then rethink. 2015-10-07 06:02
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Start the school year earlier. Veteran's Day (the county supports 1 military base, 1 service Academy and military retirees and Veterens, allow them to spend the day with their child!) Shorten Thanksgiving Break Keep Spring Break, 2015-10-07 06:04
A parent of an elementary school student How can we continue to start school about the same time every year and the end date continue to move back? I have worked in two other school districts, in two other states, and my boys have attended one of those. They both start just a week before us and are out the beginning of June. Our kids and teachers need a break to enjoy life and recharge. We did not put our boys in AACPS to attend school nearly year round. When we moved to MD we were told what a great school system. I still think that, but my kids will not continue here if the kids keep having all these extra days during the year off, but very little summer. 2015-10-07 06:05
A parent of an elementary school student Unless they are starting after Labor Day I see no reason to start a bit earlier. Northern Virginia schools get out about same time as we do and this year had two more weeks of summer break than we did. I think shortening the thanksgiving break to just the Wednesday before is a good idea as well. I vote to get out earlier than June 22nd. Almost pushing into July and starting mid August really has the summer go by quickly. 2015-10-07 06:11
A parent of a middle school student Decrease the amount of days off for holidays, and make the last day of school between the begining of June and the middle of June. The longer you go in June the students are less focused. 2015-10-07 06:11
An AACPS employee I would love to start school as close to Labor Day as possible. Reduce the Thanksgiving break from five days to 3 days. Spring Break should just be Wed- Friday and Easter Monday. 2015-10-07 06:12
A parent of a high school student The 8/29 start is excellent , and 6/22 last day good as well. The summer is too long - take days from that rather than skim off spring and thanksgiving breaks. As a working parent it is a huge struggle for us to have kids home for such a long summer - I'd like to see a more European approach with more time off throughout the year and a shortened summer break (summer break is completely outdated and needs to be revised ). 2015-10-07 06:12
A parent of an elementary school student The calender is ridiculous! Kids have no summer vacation!what was wrong with the way things used to be?? Look at other states! Their kids go back after labor day and are off art the end of May...the way it should be!!!!! 2015-10-07 06:16
A parent of an elementary school student I support reducing Thanksgiving break to Wednesday-Friday and Easter break to the 5 days before Easter (school on Easter Monday) I would like to see school start after Labor Day 2015-10-07 06:23
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Shorten Thanksgiving break to only Thursday and Friday. An early dismissal on Wednesday would be good. Remove Easter Monday as a holiday. I go to church and don't know anyone who considers it to be a holy day. Start earlier than Aug 29. Shift and group teacher in-service days to either the beginning, middle, or end of the calendar. 2015-10-07 06:24
A parent of an elementary school student Our family would be all for reducing the break days of Thanksgiving and spring break. We are working parents and it is tough to continually cover school closings. Thank you! 2015-10-07 06:24
A parent of a high school student Having school well into June is not favorable. If you have snow days you need to add we would be headed closer to July!!! Please take away holiday breaks that are a week long. Thanksgiving does not need to be a week long and neither does spring break. After the first week of June kids mentally check out anyway. It's a struggle for them to make it weeks into June for school to be over. It's a waste of their time as well as teachers when they are not being productive. My children, from the time they have been in school til now in highschool have always said they do absolutely nothing those last weeks of school...if my kid wants to watch a movie...they can do that at home, not at school as a means to pass the time at the end of the year. I don't know how this got so out of control but June 22nd as an end of school year is just crazy!! Please rethink all of the random days off and the week at Thanksgiving and Spring Break. The kids having a 1/2 day the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and having off Thanksgiving Day and the Day after is sufficient enough!! A few Days for Spring Break is sufficient enough! IF you're willing to take those days away to make up for snow days then be willing to take those days away for the sake of not going to school until the end of June!!! Thank you for your time! 2015-10-07 06:26
A parent of an elementary school student Do not take reduce the Thanksgiving break or the Spring Breaks! Families need time together. Children are overworked and stressed out about school-- starting at a very early age. Parents miss their children. Overworked teachers need to recharge. Save family time! 2015-10-07 06:28
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Do not start the school year earlier and do not end it so late. Remove some of the days off from Thanksgiving and Spring Break. Get rid of the numerous early dismissal days and keep the kids in school. This is the best way to close the achievement gap - not sitting in staff development listening to the "latest and greatest". We definitely do not need more conference days. If students are struggling, teachers contact the parents throughout the year. This is just another disruption to the flow of instruction. It is difficult to teach and maintain student attention in June. School needs to be in session from September through May. As for the high school exams, quarterly tests are better for the students and should provide the opportunity to eliminate the end of semester early dismissal days. 2015-10-07 06:30
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I believe the year should end in the beginning of June. This could be achieved by less days off during the school year. Thank you for your consideration. 2015-10-07 06:30
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student That date in June is TOO LATE for the end of school. Thank you for looking at the calendar holistically; I student-taught in NY state, where they have a week-long spring break, and a week in February and still finish the school year before we do. Why can't we do that? I would suggest school through Tuesday or Wednesday of Thanksgiving and holding 1-day parent-teacher conferences on Columbus Day, when many parents have off anyways. Please don't shorten spring break; students and teachers need that time at that time of year. Please get rid of all the early dismissal days at the ends of the semesters; they are so inconvenient and parents hate them. 2015-10-07 06:30
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I'm ok with starting school a week earlier than Aug 29, June 26 is way too late to go to school. Reducing the Thanksgiving break is fine. I've never seen the need for a week off at that time of year. Please, please, please do not shorten spring break to less than a full week. Kids, families and teachers need that week off and I suspect you will have massive absences if you shorten that week. 1 conference day a semester seems sufficient. 2015-10-07 06:31
A parent of an elementary school student Need less "holidays" during the school year. Spring break should not be a week long, Thanksgiving break does not need to be a full week. The school year used to start after labor day and end the second week of June. I don't understand why the year seams to start earlier each year and end later. 2015-10-07 06:32
A parent of a high school student I would like to see the start of the year later and the end of the year sooner. Please reduce Easter Break to be only the Friday and Monday around Easter. Thank you 2015-10-07 06:32
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student I am in favor of reducing the number of days during both the Thanksgiving and Easter breaks. I propose only having two days at Thanksgiving -- Thanksgiving Day & the Friday after, and for Easter only having 2 days off as well -- Good Friday and Easter Monday. That recovers 5 days which should be taken off of the days in June. No need to start any earlier nor any reason to go later in June. 2015-10-07 06:37
A parent of an elementary school student Eliminate all non federal holidays. Our family uses a large portion of our vacation days to stay home with our children for the non standard holidays. It is very difficult to find child care for these days and the added days off are extending the school year to ridicules lengths! 2015-10-07 06:37
An AACPS employee As a school employee, I would like to see NO CHANGE in the Thanksgiving and Spring/Easter breaks. My reason is that taking off during the school year is frowned upon for school employees and this leaves us no other vacation time until the hot summer months. Many of us count on the Spring/Easter break to take vacations. 2015-10-07 06:38
A parent of a high school student Shorten Thanksgiving break. Most of the country doesn't get a full week when they've already had so many fall days off and Christmas is the next month. And less parent/teacher conference days and teacher admin days. 2015-10-07 06:38
A parent of an elementary school student Is there a way to eliminate so many planning days during the school year? Please consider having teachers start earlier during the year or end later than the students in order to work in their professional days. Having so many days off for the students during the school year seems counterproductive and contributes to extending the school year schedule. 2015-10-07 06:39
An AACPS employee Please do not start earlier than 8/29. We started on 8/24 this year, and families weren't ready to be back to school yet! I also like our Thanksgiving and Easter breaks as they are currently scheduled. Thanks 2015-10-07 06:40
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student   2015-10-07 06:41
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student The school year needs to start ater Labor Day and end by the first weeko June 2015-10-07 06:41
A parent of an elementary school student Please start school after Labor Day and stop with all of the days off, then we won't have to go to school for half of the summer!!!!! June 22 is way too late to end the year!!! 2015-10-07 06:44
An AACPS student I would rather have less Thanksgiving and Easter days and get out earlier in June. 2015-10-07 06:47
A parent of an elementary school student I don't think they need a whole week off for Thanksgiving Holiday. They should be in school for the Monday and Tuesday of that week. That would give two days back that they could get out of school earlier. I understand that the kids need to go to school for a certain number of days but that last week of school as half days is worthless to the students. They are not learning anything for that last week they are just going to school to make number of days required for school. I think you should be able to take those four or five days and turn them into 2 full days and that way the kids would not be getting out a the end of June. 2015-10-07 06:47
A parent of a high school student Please remove days from the Easter and/or Thanksgiving breaks to allow for last day of school in early June. 2015-10-07 06:52
A parent of a middle school student Each year you delete family time more and more with reduced days for major holidays and summer time. I would like to see your statistics on how taking away the labor day family holiday by returning to school in August has improved performance or grades. The majority family vacations doesn't start until July. Ending school in the 3rd week of June makes no difference except increasing child care cost for many. Many discount vacations that are affordable is usually the 3rd week in August. We have missed may family vacations because the return to school has interfered. When will FAMILY become important again? 2015-10-07 06:52
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student School should start after Labor Day and end in the beginning of June. We should not have an entire week off at thanksgiving or spring break. All of these 2 hr early dismissals and single days off need to go! This creates a hardship on parents that do not have daycare for their children! 2015-10-07 06:55
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I feel there is too many days off throughout the year. AACPS needs to review the length of vacation days within the school year and do away with some of the days off and the abundance of early dismissals. Getting out at the end of June is too late. The kids do not have much of a summer vacation, nor do the teachers. Everyone needs time to recharge and prepare for the next school year. 2015-10-07 06:56
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student We need to start school the first week of sept. Reorganize all of the half days and other days off throughout the year to accommodate. Having excessive half days is inconvenient to working parents. 2015-10-07 06:56
A parent of a middle school student I have no preference regarding the start of the 2016-2017 school year start date, so long as it is not moved to after Labor Day. Our family prefers having the full week of Thanksgiving off. I think we should have the full week of for Easter, but why do we have Easter Monday off? At the middle school level, I would love to see a parent teacher conference day in each marking period. 2015-10-07 06:56
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student   2015-10-07 06:58
A parent of a middle school student I do not understand why don't follow other states that have calendars that work. In Illinois for example, they have it built into the calendar that every Wednesday is a 2 hour delay. Teachers are doing the work that needs to be on those days and not issuing entire days for training and meetings. The children are out at the end of May and return at the same as ours. I think it's ludicrous to keep taking away holiday days. My kids are learning absolutely nothing the lady week of school. Figure that out while you're at it. 2015-10-07 06:59
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I don't feel that the students summer or Thanksgiving break should be shortened. I feel that the current proposed school calendar should be put in place, without any changes! 2015-10-07 07:03
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would take out so many professional development days, use the early dismissal days for that, plus you have all summer for professional development, perhaps teachers could come back to school three days early for development. plus, I think the thanksgiving break is too long, we only had two days off when I was in school, now its almost a week. 2015-10-07 07:04
An AACPS employee Shorten Thanksgiving and Spring Break to end school prior to June 20th. Also, Fairfax County has parent/teacher conferences on Election Day. The schools are open anyway, and it is convenient for parents to come vote and then come to their teacher's classrooms to have a conference. The federal government only requires that employees be given 2 hours to vote, so as long as teachers only work their work hours, or come in two hours late that day and work 2 hours into the evening, they have time to vote as well. 2015-10-07 07:04
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I would support cutting the time for Thanksgiving and Easter break. Starting school before 8/29 is not a good idea. 2015-10-07 07:04
A parent of an elementary school student I do not see why 12/23 or 1/2 are necessary to have off. I also don't see the need for kids to have off the entire week of Thanksgiving, if anything it causes more of a headache for working parents. They have a tremendous amount of time off during the winter months then come March they have nothing. I would prefer less "extended breaks" during the school year and a longer summer. 2015-10-07 07:05
An AACPS employee The amount of days off during the school year is getting to be ridiculous. Breaks and professional developments need to be consolidated so students have a fighting chance for a summer break. 2015-10-07 07:06
An AACPS employee   2015-10-07 07:08
A parent of an elementary school student I am totally against starting the school year earlier. I wish we didn't start until after labor day to be honest. It is still summer and the kids should enjoy it. If that means staying in later in June that is fine. So I am in total agreement about cutting down days for Thanksgiving and Spring break. I know other states/counties do not start until after labor day and still get out mid June. We should look at how they do that. 2015-10-07 07:09
A parent of an elementary school student Holidays need to be reevaluated. There are way too many unnecessary days off during the school year. It makes it incredibly difficult for students to adjust and parents to accommodate. 2015-10-07 07:09
A parent of a high school student Keep the school hours as they are. Get rid of the Spring Break. We DO NOT need parent conferences EVERY SINGLE QUARTER...that's what a phone is for 2015-10-07 07:09
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I feel that there are entirely too many days off during the school year. Between mid year breaks and unnecessary testing, having no impact on final grades, the school year is continually extended to unreasonable dates. For years, we have sent children to school before labor day, only to take days off the following week. Easter and Thanksgiving break are too long, and become an issue with parents and conflicting work schedules because of the multitude of days off. Compiling these days off with days spent testing children, has brought our school year nearly to a July completion date, not accounting for weather events. Thank you for the opportunity to voice our opinions as parents. I, and many others, hope our views are taken seriously and have an impact on the final decision. 2015-10-07 07:11
An AACPS employee PLEASE consider reducing various random holidays in order to have a full summer break (ex: Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, etc.). Those days can be excused absences for those who celebrate. 2015-10-07 07:12
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 07:12
A parent of an elementary school student I completely agree with shorter Thanksgiving and spring breaks. I think there should be less teacher in-service days that interrupt the school year. And I believe getting out of school by June 22 is way too late in the year! 2015-10-07 07:18
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I am not sure what you want input on, you do not say what date you would change starting school to. You do not say when we might get out of school if all these vacations are shortened and you move up the start date. Some actual changes to vote on would be great. I am always for starting school earlier and getting out of school earlier, we have gone way too late into June the last couple of years. Shortening Thanksgiving is fine, but you need to stop shortening the Christian Holidays. We get the Jewish Holidays off. The start date for winter break was ridiculous last year. We were not off to spend time with family, until Christmas Eve. In an effort to be more politically correct you are persecuting the Christians now. I would rather see more time at Christmas and keep Easter Break the same. If we have to start earlier to do that I am fine with it. 2015-10-07 07:18
A parent of an elementary school student Please consider the working parent when making these calendar changes, the half day professional development days put undue stress on working parents, why not just have one full day every other month. Also, if all statewide testing is completed in May and the curriculum for the test should be completed by the "end of the year testing" that is taken in May, the school year should be over then as well. The last weeks of school are a waste, and do nothing to further the education, or learning of the students. Furthermore, if doing well on the state tests is the goal, then having more time in the classroom prior to the tests should also be the goal. Begin the year in August, shorted the Thanksgiving week off to three days, shorten Spring Break to three days, and really evaluate the time used during the school day to maximize the learning for the students. Maybe even extend the day by a few minutes would help this situation. 2015-10-07 07:18
Other I'm a bus driver in south county where it's it's challenges without street light's, back narrow roads that's are barley wide enough for the bus let alone sharing it with a car. It's extremely farm with limited visibility already. If the time changes that will make us returning babies in the dark at 5 pm urine some of the darkest and nastiest weather as it is. No young child should be coming home that late. I have my four grandchildren living with me in my school district which do after school activities and changing time will effect their homework. After school activities, family dinner time, and leaving no length of quality time for family as it is already heard enough now with time we have. You need to focused on the importance of quality family and healthy activity time not30 minutes more sleeping time. Parents need to be more responsible to get their children in bed at a reasonable time limiting their television or perhaps getting their homework done when they give him how about the number one issue taking their cell phones from them so they won't be distracted and have to go to sleep because there will be nothing else for them to do how about we start there. You're changing the time will alter a lot of people's lives home time activity and the last thing this society needs is to have any quality family time taken away as it is already challenging enough to get what little time we have with them in and we should not have to spend our time with them as were saying good night after eating and homework. I also see it being an issue with after school sports and camps field trips also again here in South County we do not have the street lights and all the traffic light we have ditches we have fields and fields of deer with no good lighting on the back winding roads and you're talking about taking children home at the worst possible time of the year and in the dark I'm not in agreement and I think you're making a grave mistake by doing so. We already are at the beginning of rush hour delivering the elementary home pushing this time back will have us all tied up in that traffic as well which will increase risk and adding the additional possibilities for accidents. Keep the same letter your children home at a reasonable time to spend family let's get them off of the road where we are not ordering any risk of being tied up in traffic with children on these buses. It's bad enough now we have so much aggressive driving in school buses with the start of a rush hour in the morning and evening that also becomes an issue and I feel it will also compound the problem keep in this bus is out there later on the road and of being in a heavier traffic. 2015-10-07 07:22
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please do not reduce Spring Break to a long weekend. Students and faculty members need a break by this time in the school year. Many families use this week to travel. I understand the need for parent conferences, and fully support those measures, but why not replace the early dismissal days traditionally used for semester exams with conferences? We have 8 early dismissal days for semester exams, why not spread those days out and use them for parent conferences? It is also important to consider the instructional time during 2nd marking period. That quarter is traditionally chopped up with Thanksgiving and Christmas Break. I like the idea of keeping students in school the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. While it is nice for students to have an entire week, most parents work, and are forced to find childcare for those days. My family would be in favor of keeping students in school those days in November, but we are not in favor of reducing Spring Break to a long weekend. 2015-10-07 07:22
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student 2015-10-07 07:24
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a special school student Get rid of extra conference days because parents do not show up. It is a waste of school days. and shorten all the breaks to day before the holiday to day after holiday. starting school in august and not getting out of school til the end of July is crazy! We would get more time off if we did year round school! 2015-10-07 07:25
A parent of a middle school student Reducing Thanksgiving break would create excessive absences due to traveling. Instead of reducing Easter/Spring break why not use 1 of those days for Parent/Teacher conferences? 2015-10-07 07:26
A parent of an elementary school student I would like the school calendar to start school AFTER Labor Day. I would also like school to be out no later than mid-June. As it is, there are barely 8 weeks off in the summer. That's not enough for vacations, trips, camps, family time, etc... I'm fine with paring down the days off for Thanksgiving. Spring Break - leave it be. I would also like to see LESS days closed during the year for teacher meetings, CPE, in service days, etc... The month of January is a complete waste of time the way that it is scheduled now. There's never a complete week of school between holidays, in service/teacher education days, etc... If we could take away a lot of these types of days then the school year could end earlier and open later. The multiple breaks in the school year because of these days are more of an impediment to learning than a long summer break. 2015-10-07 07:27
A parent of an elementary school student Overall, I recommend fewer days off during the school year, including shorter breaks for Thanksgiving & Easter, & scheduling teacher training/conferences at the end of August before school starts. Days off sprinkled throughout the school year are disruptive to children's routines & working parents' schedules. Also, days off for parent-teacher conferences held during business hours are not helpful for working parents as they require those parents to take a whole day off work & arrange for a sitter just to attend a 20 minute conference. Thank you for considering. 2015-10-07 07:28
A parent of a high school student The schedule looks very well organized and thought out. Great job! 2015-10-07 07:30
A parent of a high school student Please leave Thanksgiving Break as a full 5-day break. Please start 8/29 and dismiss 6/22. This is especially attractive since my child will be a senior and the expectation is that he will be graduated in late May/early June. Three parent/ teacher conferences in three quarters -- could these instead occur when the kids have 2 hour early dismissal days? What percentage of parents turn out for P/T conference days currently built in to the Thanksgiving break? 2015-10-07 07:32
An AACPS employee, Other I believe that the students should start the 29th of August and eliminate 3 of the days of the Thanksgiving break and 3 of the days of spring break and get out of school on the 14 or 15 of June. I feel they go to long into summer break. 2015-10-07 07:34
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student, A parent of a special school student The proposed school year is entirely too long! Ending at the end of June is absurd! There is no time left in the summer for families to spend time together. In addition 12 early dismissal days makes finding childcare a challenge. 2015-10-07 07:35
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student I am open to starting the school year earlier than 8/29 if that is the only option to move up the school end date from June 22nd. Both Thanksgiving break and Spring break could be reduced. For Spring break, I think Friday and Monday before/after Easter are sufficient. I also think fall conferences are sufficient. There is no need for conferences each marking period. With a fall conference and parents monitoring ParentConnect, we should be good. 2015-10-07 07:37
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Take away the Easter/Spring break week and go back to just having the Good Friday and Easter Monday off like it used to be. 2015-10-07 07:40
An AACPS employee Please get rid of all religious holidays. We do not need Jewish holidays and Christian holidays. This is not fair to other religions. Please start school after labor day! Remove religious holidays and have a nice winter break and spring break. Summer vacation needs to start no later than 6/15. You just keep adding all these useless holidays and extending the school year!! We had 3 holidays in September which was not necessary. School is just getting started!! 2015-10-07 07:44
A parent of an elementary school student I believe school should not start before Labor Day. I also think the children should not have off a whole week for Thanksgiving and Spring Break. Most people can't afford to go away for vacation on those weeks. If you have ever looked at booking a vacation during those weeks you must know that they are SUPER HIGH, higher than a normal week and probably higher than a summer week. Also most people are like my family where both parents work so when those 2 weeks are closed that means I have to find alternate child care AND pay extra on top of what I have already paid for the school year. 2015-10-07 07:44
A parent of a middle school student School needs to start after Labor Day. The kids that go to school before Labor Day start to get use to a routine and their off again. Waste of time and energy. In regards to the added days for conferences, as a parent to middle school boys they don't have parent/teacher conferences, they have student/parent conferences which in my option is a waste because I can pull up Parent Connect and have a meeting w/ my son at home. Also ending June 22nd is too late. Not only am I done but the students and teachers are done as well. Waste of time! 2015-10-07 07:45
A parent of an elementary school student The school year is too long, I am 40 what has changed from when I was in school? Go back to how it was. 2015-10-07 07:45
A parent of an elementary school student The school year is too long, I am 40 what has changed from when I was in school? Go back to how it was. 2015-10-07 07:46
An AACPS employee I have to have my curriculum done by May for HSA testing. After that, I am expected to re-teach the curriculum (that I just reviewed for HSA's) for the next few weeks. That is a waste of time and the kids have checked out by then. I don't want a warm body in my classroom bc they are afraid to have absences (and checked out) or a student who has checked out and causing a disruption to others. Let kids be kids and enjoy their summers. They work hard all year and the summers are getting shorter and shorter. 2015-10-07 07:47
A parent of a middle school student Leave the days as is for thanksgiving and spring break. 2015-10-07 07:48
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student School should end in the beginning of June instead of the middle and start back after labor day! 2015-10-07 07:50
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Stop the nonsense with the 2 HR early dismissals. Extremely disruptive for working parents. Start school after Labor Day, dismiss in early June. Eliminate some of the professional days 2015-10-07 07:50
A parent of a high school student In my opinion, the school year starts too early as it presently stands. I really see no reason why schools in Maryland do not start the school year after Labor Day like other states. Reducing the Thanksgiving break to a lesser number of days is perfectly acceptable. I have always thought a week off for this event was unnecessary. Spring break should stay with the number of days it is presently scheduled, unless days are owed due to the need for makeup of snow days. 2015-10-07 07:51
A parent of an elementary school student I think school ends too late in June and should start after Labor Day! Give kids their summer back!! 2015-10-07 07:51
A parent of an elementary school student Look at how other states do it!!! This is ridiculous! Maybe every week have one half day for teachers to get in conferences and meetings! 2015-10-07 07:51
A parent of an elementary school student There is no need to add any school days. It is hard enough in them already. They are children and have the rest of their adult life to have responsibility everyday. Give them their youth! I would be extremely disappointed to see the summer taken away from my babies! 2015-10-07 07:53
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student We should have less days off throughout the school year and end the beginning of June and go back to school after Labor Day. 2015-10-07 07:54
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I feel that starting the school year earlied than 8/29 , reducing Spring break or Thanksgiving break will negatively impact families. Families have a very short window of having time to take family vacations especially if those families and students are involved in extracurricular activites , AP or anything beyond minimal participation at the school level. These days off in the school calendar allow for families to plan vacations around an already hectic school schedule so that VALUABLE family time can be preserved. If the school schedule is changed to start earlier than 8/29 or reduce Spring & Thanksgiving break than families would be compelled to adapt to the thinking that it would be ok to have students take off time in the regular school year for VALUABLE family time. 2015-10-07 07:56
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student 1.I do NOT care for starting the school year earlier than the currently planned 8/29/16. 2. I do like the idea of reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. 3.I like the idea of reducing Easter/Spring break from four days to a lesser number. 4.I like the idea of having three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods. 2015-10-07 07:58
A parent of an elementary school student I don't mind if you trim Thanksgiving to Wed- Friday of that week. But I really beg you to consider a major change in Spring break. Having the break coincide with Holy Week for Christians means that children of pastors get no vacation. I imagine it's the same for children of tax preparers and accountants too. That is a busy work week! Please consider making the break either earlier in the year- February or March, or making it begin with Easter instead of end with it. It should not be shortened. Do away with the many single days scattered throughout the year instead. 2015-10-07 07:59
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 07:59
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Reduce the number of days the school is closed for Thanksgiving and Easter breaks. June 22 is far too late in the summer to close. Carroll County schools open the same date but close one week earlier. Except for HS exams, the last week of school is a waste of time, and unless my child wants to go that week, I will not send her. 2015-10-07 08:00
A parent of an elementary school student DO NOT start the school year any earlier. It should be AFTER Labor day. Shorten Thanksgiving Break. Do NOT shorten Spring Break. 2015-10-07 08:01
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student, A parent of a special school student I would really like to see the school year begin later. The last bit of summer is so special to the kids. However if that's not possible then I would like to see them get out earlier. We need to do one or the other because our family summer time feels shorter and shorter. 2015-10-07 08:01
A parent of an elementary school student Why is the county working so hard to keep an agricultural calendar instead of working towards a year-round quarterly calendar, with longer breaks between the quarters? 2015-10-07 08:05
A parent of an elementary school student In my opinion, there are several possible solutions to what is clearly a horrific schedule for the 2016-17 school year. 1) Start school one week earlier, this would move the last day of classes to the 16th with the built in snow days. 2)Make the two closures in October for the Jewish Holidays school days and make the Monday after Easter in April a school day. Additionally, stop giving teachers the day before the MSEA convention a day off and make it a school day. This would give a combined four additional school days allowing the schedule to be pulled back from a June 22 close date to a June 16 close date. Schools should not be closed to celebrate the Jewish holidays in a school district that, according to the US Census Bureau, is only made up of less than 1.5 percent people of the Jewish faith. It begs the question of why the school board discriminates against other religions similarly present in AA County. A more common approach applied most everywhere else in the country would be to allow children of that faith an excused absence on those two days and to ask teachers to ensure they are not giving tests or quizzes on the dates in question (Oops, school policy already covers this issue.). Further, regarding April, it is mind-numbing that after a week off for Spring Break, schools need to be closed the Monday AFTER Easter. Where else in the country is this done? (And it should just be called Spring Break, not Easter Break, you know, that pesky separation of church and state thing mentioned in passing in the US Constitution? Maybe some of your teachers can give a class to the school board about this subject, but just maybe.) Lastly, a mere glance at the MSEA schedule makes it clear that no training is done on that Friday, there is no reason to give teachers the day off when all of the actual sessions occur on Saturday. 3) The issue of half and full days off for professional development combined with the ridiculousness of all students getting a half day off for high school testing days should be addressed. A common sense look at the schedule shows students getting two hour early dismissals in February barely 1 week after getting two full days off at the end of January for staff development. How about the application of some common sense here since after two full days off there is no way to justify this? Similarly, in September, just two weeks after the beginning of school, which includes an entire paid week of teachers setting up classrooms and preparing for the school year, there is a need for staff development time? Again, a lack of common sense. Perhaps we should similarly examine April 7 including a two hour early dismissal, the last day of school before Spring Break (Notice I did not refer to it as EASTER?). It is unclear to me how the overall length of the school calendar is impacted by half days, but if they are only counted as half days, then they need to be removed where it does not make sense as pointed out in the three previous examples. And as far as everyone getting earl dismissal during high school exams. Make the exam days full days, add one exam per day, and stick to a normal school schedule for those days. For middle and elementary school this essentially means ALL teachings stops the second to last week of school. Why doesn't that bother anyone on the school board? By addressing some of these issues, especially the unnecessary days off and the quagmire of half days off, there may also be a way to save money for the School district by shortening the actual number of school days. Wouldn't this save money on bussing and on operations even if I would guess teachers, administrators, and maintenance folks would get the same paycheck even if the school year were a bit shorter. 2015-10-07 08:05
A parent of a middle school student I think it is ridiculous that there is a week off for Spring Break and Thanksgiving. It is no wonder children are in school until almost July. 2015-10-07 08:06
A parent of an elementary school student How much earlier are you thinking of starting school in August, 2016? Many people have planned vacations based on the tentative schedule being posted. 2015-10-07 08:07
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please do not start the school year earlier than Aug. 29. August 22 is too early, not to mention this would necessitate teachers having to come back August 15. I would rather Thanksgiving break were shortened by two days (students not having off Monday and Tuesday). I also do not see the need for a day off for parent-teacher conferences in each quarter. Individual schools can work out time after school for conferences. As an employee of a different school system (not AACPS) many times parent-teacher conferences during the school day are not well-attended since parents are often at work, and it's time that the students could be in school. 2015-10-07 08:08
An AACPS employee I don't think there is any reason to start school earlier. I think it would be better to take a few days off the spring break. Lots of people go away for the Thanksgiving Holiday which has been this way many many years. The longer Spring break has only been a few number of years. Before employees and students were only off Thursday through Monday during Spring/Easter. I think there has been too many Professional/Dev. days added to the calendar which in the long run, ends up extending the school year. I think the county needs to stop making so many changes. Is it really going to make a difference other then upset people? 2015-10-07 08:08
A parent of an elementary school student I am a working parent, so personally, when the school year begins and ends doesn't bother me very much because I have to find childcare either way. I think parent-teacher conferences are very important and should take place in the Fall and Spring. I do think the Spring break could be shortened. 2015-10-07 08:08
A parent of a middle school student we should NOT be out of school for 2 Jewish holidays, the majority of school districts are not out and it is stupid that we are EVERY year, this needs to stop! the school year should start earlier by 3-5 days spring break can be shortened, 3-4 days is plenty of time off 2015-10-07 08:08
A parent of a high school student Ending school June 26th is ludacrious. Take time off spring break, High school athletes cant travel due to sports in season. Take away some of the PD teacher days and give them a half PD day. There is no reason to have a week off at Thanksgiving either. 2015-10-07 08:08
A parent of a high school student School year is far too long. 2015-10-07 08:09
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student we do not need all of the 2 hour early dismissals and days off for Professional Development days. Teachers can get their work done after school, in the evening and on weekends. We also do not need the days off for parent/teacher conferences. Only those parents with children that are having issues in class need to schedule an appointment with the teacher. 2015-10-07 08:09
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student 2015-10-07 08:11
An AACPS employee Start school year sooner in order to have a longer holiday break in December please. Start high schools at a later hour and any other early schools as well, thank you. 2015-10-07 08:11
A parent of an elementary school student I know a lot more goes into the calendar than what parents want but here are a few thoughts I have: Start after Labor Day Only Thursday & Friday for Thanks giving Only Friday & Monday for Spring/Easter MLK? In school with the lesson plan about MLK and other peaceful leaders Presidents Day: In school with lessons about all presidents 2015-10-07 08:12
An AACPS employee Trying to schedule conferences for all students for all three quarters will be a nightmare. There isn't enough time in one day for all conferences. If you shorten the Thanksgiving holiday, families who travel will simply miss school and that will cause a problem for secondary students who will not be allowed to make up work for family vacations. The Spring break was lengthened a few years ago to accommodate family vacations, I don't see shortening it either. 2015-10-07 08:14
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Only use 3 days for Thanksgiving break the week of Thanksgiving. Spring/Easter break could be Thursday, Friday and that Easter Monday. School ends too late and starts back too early. 2015-10-07 08:14
Other My daughter will start elementary school next year. I think school should start after Labor Day & Easter/Spring Break should be shortened. Even having off Jan 2nd could be done away with, no need for kids to be off for that day at all. 2015-10-07 08:15
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student, Other Dear Committee: I am both a parent to students in the AACPS schools and an after school mentor at the high school level. Over the past few years it seems that the school calendar has experienced a creep in length. Last year we ended school June 18th and returned Aug 24th. Priors years began and ended at slightly before June 18th. I am strongly against a reduction in vacation time to the degree being proposed. My children are very fortunate in that they do well in school and have additional after school interests yet as a parent I am seeing that our children's down time continues to be reduced considerably. School days, even at the elementary level, do not allow for an academic break, lunches are rushed, transitions are rushed and as we add the hours our children are asked to be fully attentive in school we can easily see that they, as children, hold a more stringent schedule than we do as working adults. Our children need academic breaks and their summer break should not be reduced before creative exploring other methods of providing learning. I am fully award of the fact that there must be accommodations for weather factors that reduce the actual number of attendance days. At the same time,I am shocked to see that in a day where we have so much technology that alerts us to potential weather closings etc, we are unable to leverage this technology in a way that might reach kids while they are out during weather related closures. Why can't class work and assignments be preplanned in a manner that could allow instruction to continue even at an independent learning level while the kids are off for weather closures. Because choices are necessary I am most in favor of reducing Thanksgiving break. I am not in favor of reducing Easter Spring break as the spring schedule is not as full with down time opportunities as is the fall schedule. With regards to the three days of parent-teacher conferences, it seems counterproductive to add more conference days while reducing breaks that are typically used for parents to meet with teachers. For example, we have always been accustomed to one conference held during the Thanksgiving break which depends on the kids being off of school. How can more conferences be accommodated with the kids in class? Also with respect to the parent-teacher conferences, we have unfortunately found that in our school district, conferences only work at the elementary school level. Due to the shear number of students, our middle school only holds parent teacher conferences for kids with academic challenges. Parents of children doing well academically want to stay in touch with teachers as well. Therefore, unless parent-teacher conferences are scheduled to accommodate ALL students, I am strongly against the idea of taking away summer breaks from all students (academically strong and otherwise), to accommodate conference days that are only open to a percentage of your student body. Thank you for the opportunity to weigh in, I would be happy to expand on my opinions in person. Maria Viteri 202-957-2855 2015-10-07 08:15
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student   2015-10-07 08:16
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I DO NOT support starting the school year earlier than the currently planned August 29, 2016. I DO NOT support reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) to a lesser number. I do support reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. I think 2 parent-teacher conferences, in 1st two marking periods is sufficient. 2015-10-07 08:17
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I prefer starting the school year later. I feel that the kids are not ready to start at the latter part of August, nor am I as a parent. I think just Thursday and Friday off Thanksgiving week should be sufficient so those days can be added to winter break, spring break, or end of school. There seems to be many administrative days off which contribute to the stretched out year. I know these days are needed and am not sure how best to include this time and compress the school year. But I am in favor of after Labor Day or shortly before school start even if school ends towards the end if June. 2015-10-07 08:18
A parent of a middle school student This is way too much - Accommodating three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods. Starting too late and getting out too late - seems like too many closures for teacher meetings. 2015-10-07 08:19
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Here are my opinions on the 2016-2017 AACPS calendar. -Leave the start day the same Aug 29. Starting on a Friday seems pointless. -Reduce Thanksgiving break: Monday and Tuesday could be half days with parent teacher conferences, Wednesday no school for students with parent teacher conferences, Thursday and Friday no school. -Keep Spring break Monday through Monday or Tuesday through Monday. This does not allow people to travel for Easter and it feels very disrespectful for those who celebrate Easter. Also, it seems pointless for students and teachers to go for one day that is a Friday. I think attendance that would be very low. -Accommodate for parent teacher conferences at the end of at least the 1st and 3rd marking period. I hope these recommendations are heard and considered. Thank you. RR 2015-10-07 08:20
A parent of a high school student Keep holidays consistent with federal holidays so parents do not have to take off work. get rid of holidays on Oct. 3 and Oct 12 and shorten school year 2015-10-07 08:20
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student 2015-10-07 08:22
A parent of a high school student We do NOT need a week at Thanksgiving and a week at Spring Break! Also, get rid of all the other misc, random days off! School should NEVER start before Labor Day and should NEVER go past the first week in June IMO. The students are done, the teachers are done and the parents are DONE! Every single teacher that I've ever spoken to about this agrees that there are too many days off during the year causing school to go later into the summer. Give the kids and teachers a break! Summer is over in the blink of an eye as it is, STOP THE MADNESS! Forcing kids to go to school befor Labor Day and almost until the end of June is NOT making them smarter! You're wasting your time, their time and a ton of money!! Go back to the way it used to be, we all turned out just fine! Haven't you ever heard if it ain't broke don't fix it?? 2015-10-07 08:23
A parent of a high school student Until the 3rd party organizations like the IB/DP board and AP org move tests back, it is very bad for the growing number of High School students to shift the back. Once tests are done at the beginning of May, it is lethal to have 6 more weeks of school! Also, not having the extra time to prepare for the tests will put AACPS students at a disadvantage. 2015-10-07 08:27
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student The children are getting out later and later each summer. Sumer is an integral part of our family life. We take trips, spend time together, and spend time reviewing school work. It is the only time we can put our hectic schedules aside and focus on ourselves as a family. The children benefit immensely from this time. They benefit academically from our trips and experiences and emotionally from the pure free time to be children and time spent as a family. As the summers get shorter and sports start earlier, this critical time for our family to bond and strengthen is decreased. It is a huge disservice to our kids to keep them scheduled, busy and stressed out 10 months of the year. The few weeks the kids get in the summer, usually just the month of July, before sports start again, is incredibly insufficient to allow them to reconnect with family and have the experiences that shape them as people that a classroom can not provide. 2015-10-07 08:28
A parent of an elementary school student I agree that the Thanksgiving and Easter holiday break should be reduced. Thanksgiving Wednesday to Sunday and Easter Thursday to Monday. We can hold Easter Monday for a snow day if needed. It seems that after June 1 of any given school year kids are not as interested. We need to find a way to end the school year early June and start after Labor Day. How was it done before. My much older children made out fine with that schedule. 2015-10-07 08:28
Other Going back for many years it was Always School started AFTER Labor Day. Many plans were made long in advance, The weather seemed more conducive ( for After Labor Day) and the Children and Parents seemed less Rushed and stressed. It Really is a No Brainer that the best for Everyone ( Teachers included would be to Go back to the Old School way... Start After Labor Day .... Oh and get rid of Core Math while your at it .... Thank You ‼️ 2015-10-07 08:29
An AACPS employee Thanksgiving break and Spring break do not need to be a week long, a few days is sufficient. and with all the days off in the beginning of the year for various reasons, eliminate Fall break. Kids need routine. 2015-10-07 08:31
A parent of an elementary school student Starting school after Labor Day makes since. Extending when you get out of school in later June and decreasing the number of days for Holidays does not make since. Many of us have family out of state. Thanksgiving is our time to get together as a family. Other people go on extended family vacations during these school breaks so their children don't miss school. Please don't take all the vacation away. Your really making parents think twice about the option of homeschool. Decreasing recess is plenty!!! 2015-10-07 08:31
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I can not believe you want to start the school year even earlier. That is a hideous idea. Your school year runs too long because you give up too many days each month for ridiculous reasons. All your teacher training should be done in the summer. This is their job make them work all year like the rest of the world stop penalizing the children for political reasons. Those children should be done after Memorial day and go back after Labor Day. This pattern worked for decades. I have 5 children so I have watched these changes worsen over the last several years. Your selfish reorganization of the school year does not really benefit the children only yourselves. 2015-10-07 08:31
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student In a perfect world, our children should be starting school as it always was; after labor day. However, if they have to start August 29th, so be it. But there is absolutely no reason that they should be attending school until June 22nd. It's absurd. 2015-10-07 08:32
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student School should start after Labor Day and end in June get rid of what u have to inbetween rediculous schedule! 2015-10-07 08:34
A parent of an elementary school student The excessive days off during the year are unnecessary. School should begin closer to Labor Day and get out the first week of June. It was this way in the past, it's this way in other states. Why does it continues to get worse every year?! June 22?!!! What if we have snow days? 2015-10-07 08:37
A parent of a middle school student I do feel that it would make more sense for the children to begin school after the Labor Day holiday. Weather pending it would also be nice to see children done by the beginning of June. There are many days off during the school year that are very inconvenient for working parents and it would be nice to see some of those possibly cut back to make the school year a little shorter. 2015-10-07 08:40
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student It's ridiculous how long school is to what these kids learn today. Stop trying to test kids to death and teach them. Common core is crap, the absessive testing is taking learning away from teachers and kids alike!! 2015-10-07 08:42
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student 1. Shorten Thanksgiving and Spring breaks first. There is no need for students to have an entire week off. Monday full day. Tuesday early dismissal, late day for teachers to hold conferences. Half day conferences for teachers on Wednesday. Thursday through Monday for Spring Break. 2. Adjust winter break. School on the 23rd. 3. Start earlier in August. 4 weeks of school after Memorial Day weekend is too much for students. They are in "summer" mode at this point. 2015-10-07 08:42
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Start after Labor Day. Reduce the number of single days off for nonsensical reasons and get the kids out by June 1st! 2015-10-07 08:47
A parent of an elementary school student I agree to reduce Easter break, not the Thanksgiving Break. 2015-10-07 08:49
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student The school year should not start before the last week of August - this reduces the amount of vacation and camp time kids get to be kids. Ending past mid-June also seems unreasonable - why can't we start the Tuesday after Labor Day and end mid-June as we did for many decades? Thanksgiving break should be 3 days and there should be school Mon and Tuesday of those weeks - perhaps early dismissal with conferences in the afternoon and evening for elementary schools. Schools do not need to close for conferences - they can be held in the late afternoon and evening like back to school nights (and how they were held in past years and are held in other counties). Re: Spring Break - There is no need to have Monday 4/17 off after a full week off. As a working parent, I must comment that professional development days - particularly those where school is closed - are very difficult for child care. Specifically, Jan 30/31 (two days off following 4 days of early dismissal) - this essentially becomes another winter break for those who do not work or can take vacation (and do not have high school students). Thank you for considering my comments. 2015-10-07 08:51
An AACPS employee Keep school start to the last week of August. Reduce Thanksgiving break from 5 to 3 days. make Spring break the Wednesday before Easter to the Monday after - reduce from 6 to 4 days. Keep winter break as is. 2015-10-07 08:52
A parent of an elementary school student DO NOT start the school year any earlier; all you are accomplishing is taking an already short summer away from kids and their families. As a parent of a child who spends part of the summer with another parent all you are doing is taking time away - no benefit to the child or school year by starting earlier. I agree with shortening the Thanksgiving break; most school systems are only out Thurs/Friday not all week. DO NOT shorten spring break! Thats ridiculous...I dont know of a school system that does not provide one week and again, that time frame is a big deal for "family" time and time for kids to spend with a parent they may not live full-time with. 2015-10-07 08:52
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please shorten the school year by removing some days throughout the year: lessen Thanksgiving break and other random days off. It feels like the kids hurry back to school to only have so many days off. 2015-10-07 08:55
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I would like to have a shorter Easter/Spring break in order to have an earlier end date. Thurs, Friday and Mon are the only Holy Days of Obligation for the week for those that celebrate Easter. We could end on June 16th if we also had only one conference day at Thanksgiving. 2015-10-07 08:57
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student We DO NOT support starting the school year earlier than is planned, but DO support reduced days off for the Thanksgiving and Easter breaks. Both of those holidays could be accommodated with a long weekends, so just 2-3 days off would be fine. Also, there are already far too many early dismissal days, so please to not add any more. 2015-10-07 08:58
A parent of an elementary school student I think the two Jewish holidays should be eliminated and it should just be an excused absence for those who participate in it. I agree with cutting a few days off thanksgiving and spring break ONLY if it means starting back after Labor Day. There seems to be a lot of unnecessary days that could be early dismissal days that would count as a day of school and not cause the school year to be so long. The private schools in the area get out June 5th or earlier and have shorter thanksgiving and spring breaks and 2 weeks off for Christmas.. How do they work that out? Can the public schools follow that? I don't agree with starting earlier at all. 2015-10-07 08:59
A parent of a high school student There is absolutely no way the school year should begin earlier! In my opinion, it shouldn't begin until after Labor Day! I also don't understand all of the days off during the school year (and I'm not just talking about all of the religious holidays that have been added - I'm counting 4 days for conventions/teacher workdays). I don't know if the fact that there are so many early dismissals counts towards the number of days students need to attend, but there are WAY too many early dismissals (why are there so many and why would you need early dismissals just because it's the end of a marking period and again with the teacher professional development stuff??). Spring and Thanksgiving breaks should NOT be reduced! I think it would be a good idea to have quarterly assessments vs. final exams. I also believe that the high schools should begin their days LATER (switch times with the elementary children, if need be). 2015-10-07 09:01
An AACPS employee   2015-10-07 09:02
A parent of a high school student I would subtract some of the Easter and Thanksgiving time to allow them to get out earlier in June. 2015-10-07 09:03
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student We do not need three conference days. Having 2-hr early dismissal days would suffice for conferences. Schedule Elementary ones when the HS have their exam grading days if you can't do early dismissal. Please reduce the number of individual days off within the calendar. They disrupt learning and are extending the year. 2015-10-07 09:03
A parent of an elementary school student Shortening both the Easter and Thanksgiving breaks are reasonable, but starting the school year earlier is not a good idea....taking too much of the kids' summer. 2015-10-07 09:08
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Reducing the Thanksgiving break is fine, but should have 1 day for parent teacher conferences at the end of the first marking period. Could you just have 1 day for PD and grading of exams at the end of January (1st semester)? Elementary school teachers don't get days off to grade tests, etc...why do high school and middle school teachers get it? Spring break should be Mon-Fri. Why would you have Mon-Thu. and then have school on Friday? That doesn't make any sense! Don't start school earlier. 2015-10-07 09:10
A parent of a middle school student   2015-10-07 09:11
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student   2015-10-07 09:13
A parent of a high school student There are many students in AA County schools whose parents work for Baltimore County and other school systems. In the past, the Spring Break for AACPS is different from BCPS and other by a week. It would be extremely helpful if AACPS would coordinate their Spring Break to match BCPS so that both parents and their children could take advantage of this time off together, and not have to provide daycare during the BCPS Spring Break. Thank you! 2015-10-07 09:13
A parent of a high school student Open schools after Labor Day!!!! 2015-10-07 09:14
A parent of a high school student School should start after Labor Day 2015-10-07 09:14
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student I believe that there are too many random teacher work days and days off during the school year. The school year should start after labor day and end in the first week of June unless snow days make us longer. 2015-10-07 09:16
An AACPS employee -Starting the school year earlier than the currently planned August 29, 2016, in order to end the year before the currently planned June 22, 2017. Yes, please start the year a week earlier and end a week earlier. As May is National Testing Month. We need the time before testing rather than after testing. -Reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. -Since 2016 is an election year, you could have the unique opportunity of paying teachers to come in an additional day and schedule conferences that day and therefore shorten Thanksgiving Break by 2 days. If the county isn't willing to pay teachers for an additional day then you can't shorten the break due to parent/teacher conferences. Another option would be to schedule the 2nd MP conferences at the end of 2nd MP on the two teacher days between Semester 1 and 2, and then you could shorten Thanksgiving Break. -Reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) to a lesser number. Currently, Easter Break is actually 6 days Monday-Friday of the week before Easter and Easter Monday. You could reduce it to 3 days Thursday and Friday before Easter and Easter Monday -Accommodating three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods. -Marking Period 1-consider the teacher workday for MSEA conference -Marking Period 2-first two days of thanksgiving break or two days between 1st and 2nd semester -Marking Period 3-schedule late Feb, early March Other notes: -we could get 2 days back for Jewish Holidays, there is a formula used to determine the number of students who would be absent. Use the formula to determine if we meet the criteria to have off those days. May upset some but cite the formula -We should go to school on Dec. 23 and Jan 2. It is normal to go back the day after New Years and go to school up to Christmas Eve. -When we move to quarterly assessments. You need to keep at least two early dismissals for the end of the marking period. 2015-10-07 09:16
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student   2015-10-07 09:18
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 09:22
A parent of a high school student   2015-10-07 09:24
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Why is it necessary to add 3 days of conferences when such a small percentage of parents actually visit the teacher on those specific days. Spring break week should not be an option!! That week should be a guarantee on the calendar and days should not be taken away for snow make-ups! Please study the Loudoun County, VA calendar!!! Add some time to the school day if you need to add some snow days into the calendar. 2015-10-07 09:25
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I would not mind Easter break being shorter, and would not mind Thanksgiving break being shorter. In this day and age, I feel conferences are largely unnecessary for many students. If Carroll Co can return to school the week after us and get out the week before us, there's simply no reason we can't adopt the same schedule. It's asinine to have students remain in school until June 22; however, they already go back early enough. I absolutely would not want them to return any earlier. When I was in school in the county, we returned after Labor Day and were done by approximately June 8-10. That schedule still is reasonable and executable today. 2015-10-07 09:26
A parent of a high school student *Yes to shortening Thanksgiving Break *No to shortening Spring Break *August 29th is too early, but June 22nd is too late - what about giving up the January break? *Can school conferences be accomplished with half days instead of full days? 2015-10-07 09:26
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student We do NOT need a week at Thanksgiving in addition to a week at Spring Break! Also, get rid of all the other misc, random days off! School should NEVER start before Labor Day and should NEVER go past the first week in June IMO. The students are done, the teachers are done and the parents are DONE! Every single teacher that I've ever spoken to about this agrees that there are too many days off during the year causing school to go later into the summer. Give the kids and teachers a break! Summer is over in the blink of an eye as it is, STOP THE MADNESS! Forcing kids to go to school befor Labor Day and almost until the end of June is NOT making them smarter! You're wasting your time, their time and a ton of money!! Go back to the way it used to be, we all turned out just fine! 2015-10-07 09:29
A parent of a high school student I support shortening the spring break to a long 4-day weekend (Fri - Mon), and using the other 4 days in combination with President's day to have a week long break in February. Many private schools have this break and families can have a much needed break after finals. When my children were in elementary school, we could schedule a parent-teacher conference any day before or after a regular school day, so I am not sure we need to add extra days just for that. Middle school and high school teachers do not automatically schedule p/t conferences during the Thanksgiving week break. So I am indifferent about shortening the Thanksgiving holiday week, unless the days are used to have an earlier summer dismissal. 2015-10-07 09:30
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student PLEASE shorten the Thanksgiving/Easter/misc breaks. We're not all going to Disney and some of us would like to have a real summer break. AACPS is starting to feel like year-round school. 2015-10-07 09:34
A parent of a middle school student   2015-10-07 09:35
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I do not think we need the entire week of Thanksgiving or Easter off. This is from a family who has no local family in town and must travel. The week of Thanksgiving, Wednesday-Friday off is more then suffient. The Friday before Easter and Monday after closing school is also reasonable. Just those two changes offers 6days we could extend the summer break. Thank you 2015-10-07 09:36
A parent of a middle school student I think things should stay the way it is. Why mess with something that is working. The old saying if it isn't broke don't fix it. I'm sure some parents like me already made plans for the 2016-2017 year with vacation. I plan our 2017 vacation around Easter time, so my kids wouldn't miss any school day. If you shorting the days they will miss school. Are you willing to excuse them from school for the days that you take away. Each day was plan for day in a different park. Very upset about and the time change for next year is some willing to pay me for being late everyday because you change the time school starts. Some parents are single or divorce and it's hard to change our schedule at work. I want to make sure my kids are safe at all time at the bus stop. 2015-10-07 09:37
A parent of a high school student Why cut the days off. did you consider parents plan a lot of thing around the holidays when the kids are out. I don't want my kids to miss to many days of school. I plan a trip already for next for Easter Vacation will the school pay back the money I ready sent for this trip. Just leave things as is. Why change things. Between Holidays and School time change for years it worked. What good would this do for the kids and parents very upset. 2015-10-07 09:40
A parent of an elementary school student I would love to we more opportunity for parent-teacher conferences. The more I can speak with my kids'teachers one-on-one, the better my kids will be challenged to their full potential academically & socially. 2015-10-07 09:42
An AACPS employee *start a week earlier than 8/29 to end the school year prior to 6/22 *graduating seniors should not get out a month prior to everyone else 2015-10-07 09:43
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student, A parent of a special school student I like the idea of a shorter summer, the kids are out of school to much as it is. 5 days for Thanksgiving is too much. As a working mother it is difficult to make arrangements for my children during this time. I also have an issue with the children not getting Columbus day off which is a federal holiday but then getting the Friday following off. We have been in AA county schools for 4 years now and it has been this way each year. Why not make the teacher work day for that Monday to accommodate the majority of parents schedules. My other issue I have is the time my elementary school student starts. My child goes to Odenton Elementary which is an amazing school but they do not start until 9:15, my child has already been up for 4 hours by the time school starts. The schedule she is on is counter productive and needs to be changed. 2015-10-07 09:47
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student We should shorten BOTH Thanksgiving break & Spring Break to be just long weekends. No need for the whole week to be out. 2015-10-07 09:48
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student To much time off as the schedule is set now. 5 days for thanksgiving ridiculous. Teach my children stop giving them every other day off. 2015-10-07 09:50
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student 1. The structure of this survey makes me wonder how in the world you're going to tabulate anything. You can do better. 2. Those days in January just kill me as a working parent. January is ridiculous. 3. What is up with the Monday after Easter? That should go away. 4. We are going way too late in June. That last week consists of worthless half days where they are playing games anyway. 5. I'm in favor of the later start date. 2015-10-07 09:50
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Conferences should all be conducted in the evenings over 1 weeks time. No school days should be compromised in order to complete parent conferences. They can start at 3:15 and end at 7pm for 4 evenings. 2015-10-07 09:51
An AACPS employee I do not agree with having students in school until June 22nd. Students frequently shut down after Memorial Day. Although we continue to implement the curriculum many students are not available for learning due to the warm weather. 2015-10-07 09:53
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I think the Friday before and the Monday after Easter is great leave thanksgiving alone BUT 3 days each marking period for parents??? NO! That would mean that school would be closed those days, correct??? WHY?? Most parents don't show up for these days anyway! I think we should look at Howard COunty school year and see how they do it. They go just as many days but get out SOONER!!! I counted 185 DAYS INSTEAD OF THE 180 DAYS they are supposed to go. I like the August 29th start date but do not like the 22 of June end date. There are days that can be adjusted, but adding more days for parents to come and not show up is not the thing to do 2015-10-07 09:54
An AACPS employee I would like to see less PD days off and 2-hr early dismissal days. There are 3 full day PD days that could be school days for students: October 21, January 30 and 31. There are also many, many 2-hr early dismissal days that could be full days. Since high school is counted in hours, why do the elementary schools and middle schools have the week of January 24-27 2-hr early days. Also, Sept 21, Dec 7 and March 8 are PD days - not end of marking period 2-hr early dismissals. No earlier start time in August! Thank you 2015-10-07 10:00
An AACPS student fuck yall homies, yo best not be changin my calender to make me stay l8 2015-10-07 10:05
A parent of an elementary school student - I do not believe the school year should begin any earlier. Anything prior to Labor Day is too soon and interrupts family vacations. 2015-10-07 10:05
A parent of a middle school student The school year seems to be longer every year with days added in June. June 22nd is very late especially if the school year needs to be extended. Also, is starting after Labor Day ever considered? 2015-10-07 10:07
An AACPS employee The Thanksgiving break and Spring break should be made shorter so that school ends earlier in June. 2015-10-07 10:09
A parent of a high school student Please reduce Thanksgiving and Easter breaks in order to start school later and end sooner. 2015-10-07 10:09
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student   2015-10-07 10:09
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student stop having so many Professional Development days 2015-10-07 10:10
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Who is making these schedules? They are ridiculous!!! We do NOT need a week at Thanksgiving and a week at Spring Break! I understand that is done for Elementary conferences but not all students need a conference. Allow the parent to request them if needed. And once a year is all that is needed. Again if the parent and teacher want one they can be requested on an individual basis. And get rid of all the other misc, random days off! Why are we closing school once a month 2 hours early? This was never done before. Also, School should NEVER start before Labor Day and should NEVER go past the first week in June. The students are done, the teachers are done and the parents are DONE! Every single teacher that I've ever spoken to about this agrees that there are too many days off during the year causing school to go later into the summer. Give the kids and teachers a break! Summer is over in the blink of an eye as it is, STOP THE MADNESS! Forcing kids to go to school before Labor Day and almost until the end of June is NOT making them smarter! You're wasting your time, their time and a ton of money!! 2015-10-07 10:14
An AACPS employee   2015-10-07 10:19
A parent of an elementary school student I full endorse the suggested changes. I am a parent of two children in elementary school. My husband and I both work. The long breaks at Thanksgiving and Easter break require childcare coverage for an extended duration. We have move into the county recently and were somewhat surprised to learn of the long breaks especially during Thanksgiving. We fully support starting the school year earlier to curtail some of these long holiday breaks. Thank you for the survey and the opportunity for comment. We are impressed by the school administration, communications, and efficiency so far. 2015-10-07 10:22
A parent of an elementary school student I would like to see school be in session the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week and have school always closed on December 23rd to allow more time for travel. Many families need to visit different relatives on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, and many need to travel over 12 hours to see their families. 2015-10-07 10:23
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 10:25
A parent of an elementary school student Shortening the Easter holiday by a day or two might make the most sense. The Thanksgiving holiday many people set up regular travel plans, so you will probably have the same students out each year at that time. 2015-10-07 10:25
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student, A parent of a special school student There is a ridiculous number of closures in most months, especially Nov, Dec, Jan. Eliminate the following closures: Nov 21-22 Jan 30-31 Apr 10-12 Professional development should take place in August or June immediately before or after students are in school. If a professional development day is needed mid-year, put it in March rather than January. Do not start school earlier than the end of August, and end it as early as possible in June. 2015-10-07 10:27
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student You are going to add more to the calendar? How are we at June 22 for a last day? If you are adding more time to the calendar, I'm sure as shootin' that teachers are not going to be compensated more for that. Ya know, when I started working in education back in 1993, the school year began with teachers coming in the day after Labor Day, students came in two days after Labor Day and we still got out June 15, 16, 17. Maybe if you get rid of those USELESS PD days prior to the opening of school, we would have a calendar that is workable. That week before school could be cut down from 4 days to 2 days. And I know that those days are filled with uselessness with AACPS counting on the fact that teachers will come in FOR FREE on that Friday (a "day off") to get the work done in their classrooms that should have been done while we are sitting in yet another useless meeting to justify somebody's 6-figure salary up at Riva Rd. 2015-10-07 10:30
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Every effort should be made to reduce during-year breaks and extend summer break in order to facilitate child care arrangements for working parents. It is easier to find child care (camps, sitters, County programs, etc) in the summer than to find fill-in care over holidays (Thanksgiving week, Christmas week, and Easter week; not to mention teacher work-days here and there). Many of us use our entire annual vacation allotment covering for these unnecessary, mid-year "vacations" and teacher conferences. I respect the need for AACPS to work with teachers' unions, and to support teachers' own family obligations, but teachers have their summers off to parent or take on additional jobs if they wish, while most people are year-round employees with limited vacation days (usually combined leave - so sick days are used up, too). In today's day and age, our public schools need to find family-friendly policies for working parents. 2015-10-07 10:31
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student 2015-10-07 10:31
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student See comments below: There is no need for additional parent-teacher conferences. Parent Teacher conferences could be eliminated from Thanksgiving week and moved to an early dismissal day or evening/by appointment. School should be in session on December 23 2016 (there is school on 12/23/15 this year) Do not move to quarterly exams with 4 two hour dismissal days. The high school final exam process should mirror college exams which are on a semester basis. Adding a series of 12 additional testing/early dismissal days is not a good idea. Eliminate the semester break days off in January. Reinstate classes during the week of Thanksgiving (off Thu/Fri). Spring Break can be shortened. I believe it was much shorter in the recent past and shortened due to weather the past 2 years. School could be in session Monday - Thursday that week. (preserve Good Friday and Easter Monday). There are 3 holidays in October - is there any ability to adjust the teacher conference in October during election years (since election day also creates another day off). Perhaps this could be a school holiday every other year. Ideally School would not begin until after Labor Day and end by mid-June. This could be achieved by shortening the long holiday breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break) and eliminating the additional days off (semester break, parent teacher conference days, teacher professional days). If this can not be done, then an earlier start in August is much preferred to the longer school year in June Thank you for the opportunity to comment 2015-10-07 10:35
An AACPS employee Please take away the Jewish holidays, these are not recognized in other counties and states, so I don't see why they are in AACPS. You can also add the two days on from the Thanksgiving week as school days on Monday and Tuesday, but People have already made plans for Spring Break and Easter based on the tentative calendar, we finally have a spring break, please don't take that away. Starting earlier doesn't work either, many families have vacations all the way until Labor Day, the fact that we start before labor day is already early enough. 2015-10-07 10:37
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student Thanksgiving break should be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. YES there should be assesments at the end of each quarter. Easter/Spring break should be, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday. YES the year should begin 1 week earlier than August 29th 2015-10-07 10:38
A parent of an elementary school student Why are we not discussing the suggestions set forth by our Governor to start school after Labor Day? 2015-10-07 10:38
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student The proposed last day of school, June 22, is absurd. AACPS is already one of the earliest schools back in session in August and to be in school until the 3rd week in June puts a significant burden on the students. The last two weeks of school are typically a joke anyway with almost no actual teaching taking place. If the school is required to be in session a minimum number of days, then at least ensure an actual curriculum is being taught (that is, if you can keep the students & teachers engaged given that it's the end of June!). Additionally, any student that hopes to get a summer job or any camp hoping to stay in business, will also be negatively impacted by these start/end dates. Shorten spring/Easter break if you have to. 2015-10-07 10:41
A parent of an elementary school student I take the position that would should reduce breaks like Thanksgiving and Easter. We prefer the school year end earlier and start later. 2015-10-07 10:42
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I am in favor of reducing breaks in the middle of the year (ie, Thanksgiving and Easter breaks) to get out earlier in June. I don't support beginning the school year earlier than it already does. 2015-10-07 10:43
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 10:44
An AACPS employee Feedback on proposed options follows option listed: 1. Starting the school year earlier than the currently planned August 29, 2016, in order to end the year before the currently planned June 22, 2017. * Yes! Please consider not just starting earlier but moving toward year round school. 2. Reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. * The county has provided misinformation. The Thanksgiving break is NOT five days. Teachers are in parent/teacher conferences for two of those days. Thanksgiving break is only three days. I vote to keep it at three days. 3. Reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) to a lesser number. * No. Please be considerate to the increasing number of residents that have family that resides, not only outside the state, but also outside the country. Holidays are times when family is able to come together. 4. Accommodating three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods. * No, I foresee elementary teachers still being required (officially or unofficially)to meet with all their students' families at the initial conference time. There will be negative feedback if teachers conference with some parents early in the year and other parents six months later. Keep the current conference schedule. (Plus, we have not even gone through one school year with the new conference schedule - let's see how it works before we change it.) 2015-10-07 10:44
A parent of a high school student   2015-10-07 10:46
An AACPS student Take days off spring break. I do not want to go to June 22 2015-10-07 10:52
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I think the tentative schedule for the 2016/17 school year is fine as is. There's no reason school needs to start any earlier than Aug. 29th. I would very much like to have conferences more than once a year (twice would be sufficient), as long as Good Friday and Easter Monday are still days off for spring break. 2015-10-07 10:54
An AACPS employee Eliminate days off in September as the year is getting started. It is detrimental to establishing routines and expectations. Shorten Thanksgiving and Easter. Do not start earlier. Reduce days off to end earlier. 2015-10-07 10:56
An AACPS employee I think that the school year is ending way to late. Do not start any earlier. There is barely a summer now. Please shorten the Thanksgiving break. Why don't we work half days in the beginning of the week and have conferences in the afternoon and early evening. I do not want to add conference days because it is hard to get the parents in now. I think Spring Break should be shortened and go back to the way it used to be with having off from Thursday-Monday. The school year needs to end in the beginning of June. 2015-10-07 10:59
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Start after Labor Day and finish mid-June. Too many needless days off throughout the school year. 2015-10-07 11:05
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Yes, eliminate the amount of days Easter/Spring Break... It would be nice to get out before Dec. 24 for Christmas Break Do not need 3 conference days 2015-10-07 11:09
A parent of a middle school student I feel that there are too many days off for both Easter and Thanksgiving. It is crazy that the children now go to school until almost the end of June. I remember just a few years back they used to be out of school by the 9 or 10th of June. There are too many extra days off that need to be made up. 2015-10-07 11:10
A parent of an elementary school student We need a longer summer break! Getting out half way or more through June and going back before September is ridiculous. Give us back our summers! 2015-10-07 11:12
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student Please shorten the length of Spring Break. Getting out of school that late in June is not a good ides. It is too hot in classrooms that do not have AC and too noisy to teach in classrooms that have window units. Please take away as many days off as possible every time possible to get the last day of school back to the first week of June. What ever happened to starting school after Labor Day and getting out the first week of June. There are too many days off. Not enough consistency. Please and thank you. 2015-10-07 11:12
Other Longer summer for kids! 2015-10-07 11:16
A parent of a middle school student   2015-10-07 11:16
A parent of an elementary school student I STRONGLY support starting school after the Labor Day holiday. First, child care issues are important. They are not family friendly as they are currently - many potentially sitters are off to school themselves. Secondly the constant breaks from routine are not great for kids. I would contend that the first days are mere introductions to classrooms - no real educational substance is being delivered. Then there is the 3 day break, a 4 day week and 2 religious holidays in September. Then we get a 6 week stretch with a day and a had off - then Thanksgiving break. A whole week isn't needed. Spring Break could be merged with Presidents Day and we could just give Good Friday off at Easter. There are so many easy ways to allow summer to be summer- allow continuity of family time, establishment of routine so care can be found and kids can get used to being in school. All this not to mention the economic benefit to the state. Please find a way to make this happen! 2015-10-07 11:23
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Start after Labor day and get rid of wasteful days off! 2015-10-07 11:24
A parent of a middle school student align teacher in-service days with other holidays, or busy Annapolis dates (i.e., Columbus day, Veterans Day, Boat Show, USNA blue angels/comissioning week actvities). Longer break at Christmas to better align with other schools. It seems like there are quite a few half-days that could be minimized in an effort to end a few days earlier in June. 2015-10-07 11:25
A parent of an elementary school student 2015-10-07 11:31
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Our children deserve to have a longer summer 2015-10-07 11:32
A parent of a high school student I think reducing the spring break is a viable option for getting the kids out earlier in the summer. It used to be Good Friday and Easter Monday. That should still be considered. 2015-10-07 11:33
A parent of a high school student Start the school year after Labor Day. Reduce the Thanksgiving break to 3 days. Reduce the spring break (and don't call it Easter) to three days. Three days of parent-teacher conferences are not necessary. Two is plenty. 2015-10-07 11:34
An AACPS employee Do not reduce vacation days Thanksgiving or Spring Break. These are two highly travelled times of year and employees have families, too. Many will be unable to travel the long distances required if these times are reduced. Do not begin the school year earlier. It's not necessary. So what if we get out June 22. It has happened before. 2015-10-07 11:35
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student As much as I would like for summer break to last from Memorial Day through Labor Day, I know this is not possible. But I truly feel that by cutting down on some of the week long breaks for Easter and Thanksgiving, we could end well before June 22nd and possibly delay starting till after Labor Day. Please consider! 2015-10-07 11:39
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student The students need to the time to let their minds and body's rest from the hard work that they put in through out the school year. Ending at the end of June and Beginning in the middle of August does not provide them with that opportunity. 2015-10-07 11:40
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student they don't have a summer as it is now and now with this new calendar they don't have a summer at all (9 weeks) and now you trying to take there easter days and thinksgiving days away from them school is turn in to one big show for the parents and not the kids i think there going to raise the drop out rate with this so look out because so kids are shared between moms and dads and this really make it hard for them when its there turn to get them it just not right to keep take there days before you know it they will try to take all the day away from them and the only days they will be out is when the wather is bad and from what happen last year the may not be out for that. this is so sad.what is next aacps .your try to take our kids days away. 2015-10-07 11:45
A parent of a high school student I do not mind starting prior to Labor Day. I appreciate having the week long breaks around Thanksgiving and Easter. I prefer that the students not go to school past June 15 but I do understand that with the winters we have had lately that is not always possible. 2015-10-07 11:49
A parent of an elementary school student Thanksgiving break and Easter break can be shortened so the kids can get out before 6/22. 2015-10-07 11:51
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I absolutely DO NOT think the school year should start earlier. I would much prefer we lose days over Thanksgiving or Spring Break. I would prefer to see school start the Tuesday after Labor Day, as it did in the "olden" days. I would like to have one parent conference in the Fall and one in the Spring. Thank you for considering my input and for giving me the opportunity to have input on this decision. 2015-10-07 11:56
An AACPS employee too many professional development days that cause the calendar to extend late into June. Many of the full days off could be half days. 2015-10-07 11:57
A parent of an elementary school student Make the two Jewish holidays in September floating holidays, leave it up to the parents whether the child should miss school. Make the two days of conferences in November half days. Do not add any more conference days, if I don't find out my child is having problems before the third and fourth marking period I am going to be upset. Have teachers schedule conferences as needed. Start school after labor day and end it the first week of June. June 22 is to late, the students stop learning after Memorial Day. If spring break needs to be cut back to get out of school earlier than so be it! 2015-10-07 12:04
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I think the school years goes WAY TOO LONG into June! Kids have their entire adult lives to work year 'round, let them have a substantial summer vacation. June 22 is just way too late. It will affect summer camps, summer jobs, and as a result will affect AA County's economy. And I HATE that our kids have to go back to school two weeks BEFORE Labor Day. That's just wrong, socially and economically. I would much rather see shorter breaks at Thanksgiving and Easter time. While a week off for Spring Break is nice, it's not worth it if the kids have to go back to school two weeks before Labor Day and stay until the end of June! I don't want my kids going to school before August 29, 2016, and I don't want them still in school until June 22, 2017. Please change this calendar! 2015-10-07 12:08
A parent of an elementary school student Please start after Labor Day. 2015-10-07 12:08
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student I don't want school to start sooner than it already is. In fact, I think school should start after labor day. I don't mind the breaks at Thanksgiving and Easter being shorter, though. 2015-10-07 12:10
Other start AFTER Labor Day! 2015-10-07 12:16
A parent of a high school student School to go back to starting the day after Labor Day, they don't need so many days off for spring break 2015-10-07 12:19
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student 1. Shorten Spring Break (go back to Friday/Monday) 2. Get out earlier in June by not giving entire school population off for Jewish Holidays 3. Do parent teacher conferences on early dismissal days Thanksgiving week 4. Go to year round school!!! 5. It's CRAZY that seniors finish almost a month before the other students! Ridiculous! 2015-10-07 12:21
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student 1.School Breaks should be listed as Winter Break and Spring Break - no holiday such as Christmas or Easter shall be listed as there are many religions and holidays that are observed by all - not Just Christmas and Easter. 2. Passover should be listed as no scheduling school Functions on the first two Nights of Passover such as school shows or parties of any sort. 3. Along with no tests or examinations being scheduled on Jewish holiday - no homework shall be given in observance of the holiday since school is being closed. 2015-10-07 12:25
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student   2015-10-07 12:31
An AACPS employee Please reduce the number of days for Thanksgiving break from 5 days to a lesser number. Please reduce the number of days for Spring break from 4 days to a lesser number. Please DO NOT accommodate 3 days of parent teacher conferences, one in each quarter. Few parents attend P/T conferences at the secondary level, and our school has a system in place for parents and teachers to interface that already works. 2015-10-07 12:32
Other   2015-10-07 12:34
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 12:40
A parent of an elementary school student Please consider keeping the breaks the way they are, especially spring break. These children are working their tales off and are dealing with a much harder curriculum. Let them enjoy the break! 2015-10-07 12:43
Other I am a social worker in Anne Arundel County, but not an employee of the School System. The school year should start AFTER Labor Day. 2015-10-07 12:46
A parent of a high school student The calendar should remain as planned. High school students have rigorous classes and need extended breaks during the year. Especially spring break, which comes after a month with no days off and many test days. 2015-10-07 12:46
A parent of an elementary school student The kids have off too many days throughout the year, for silly reasons. The first 3 or 4 weeks of school, the kids didn't have a full 5 day week. Take out the unnecessary days off, end school at the beginning of June(at the latest) and start school in Sept. You all try to pack as much as you can in our kids heads, that it's not healthy for families. 2015-10-07 12:51
A parent of an elementary school student Do not want to start school any earlier do away with so many days during the year and start after Labor Day! Would like to reduce thanksgiving break Would like to reduce spring break Parent teacher conferences to one day during thanksgiving Do away with final exams not every student is a great test taker this creates anxiety in some. 2015-10-07 12:52
A parent of an elementary school student I don't have an opinion on when school starts or ends in the year. I would be in favor of reducing Thanksgiving break, because that can be a hard time to find care for my child since both my husband and I work full time. The same is true for reducing Easter/Spring break in a way that makes sense for working families. Would the three days of parent-teacher conferences be a new opportunity? I would welcome additional opportunities to interact with our child's teacher. 2015-10-07 12:52
A parent of a high school student Keep the August 29 start day Leave spring and Thanksgiving the same 2015-10-07 12:53
A parent of an elementary school student Shortening thanksgiving and spring break by a few days each would be fine if that allows the school year to end earlier than June 22. Starting school earlier would be ok if that helps the school year end earlier as well. Going to school that late in June is awful especially if there needs to be snow days added on to the year! 2015-10-07 12:54
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please don't include conference days each marking period. Easter break should be Thursday, Friday, Monday. 2015-10-07 12:58
A parent of a high school student There is no need for 3 conference days. Spring Break should be 3 days: Th,F, M 2015-10-07 12:59
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would like schools to start the day after labor day, get out earlier at the end of the year and reduce the amount of time kids have off for Thanksgiving and spring break. 20+ years ago schools went back the day after labor day, only had off thanksgiving day and the day after and only had off good friday & easter monday (we already know the only required day off for spring break is easter monday). Kids need more time to enjoy their summer. 2015-10-07 12:59
A parent of a high school student OMG, we talk about this. All. The. Time. 2015-10-07 13:00
An AACPS employee Beginning the school year earlier would be preferable so the year does not end so late in June. Major school activities and exams are almost always completed before Memorial Day as students tend to lose attention and are absent more often due to early summer camps, vacations, etc. Ending school earlier would create less stress for families planning on summer events and teachers in trying to engage students in the warmer summer months (in poorly air conditioned rooms with no windows). The Thanksgiving week-long break for students is a great time for teachers to have conferences and accommodate parent schedules as well as provide professional development opportunities for cultural arts teachers. However, this professional development could easily be done another day (like January) or when there are other days off for conferences (if they were to be spread out for each marking period as it is already done for February this year). Spring break should be shortened in length. When considering the spring schedule of testing mixed with end of the year exams (AP in May), sports schedules, music concert schedules, art shows, etc., it is nice to be able to fit them in before Memorial Day when families start going on vacations and students are not always at school. While this is the time of year when families have and will travel, it is more likely that they will travel more for the Thanksgiving holiday than spring break. 2015-10-07 13:00
A parent of an elementary school student Summer break longer and short holiday breaks during the year. 2015-10-07 13:02
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student ~I would prefer shortening Spring break. ~Getting rid of the full day conference days for all students and having 2 hour early dismissals instead. Conferences to be help with parents whose children need them. ~Getting rid of the Jewish holidays sprinkled throughout the year and havin 1 or tow roving holidays for special religious groups. Muslims, Buddists, Greek Orthodox etc have different holidays and aren't represented with the Jewish holidays off. Roving holidays would solve that. 2015-10-07 13:03
A parent of an elementary school student I'm generally opposed to starting the school year earlier than the currently planned August 29, 2016, in order to end the year before the currently planned June 26, 2016. I would rather see the School Board: YES! to reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. AND YES! to reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) to a lesser number. I am not sure why this would be necessary: Accommodating three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods. 2015-10-07 13:06
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student Let kids have their summers off - 180 days is enough. 2015-10-07 13:08
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student Ending the school year June 26, 2017 is way too late. I agree, the Thanksgiving and Easter breaks could be shortened! 2015-10-07 13:09
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student How many holidays do we need off? Too many holidays are making the year longer than necessary. If it's not a federal holiday, then the school system shouldn't have to close. Can we shorten Spring Break to be Thursday, Friday and the following Monday? 2015-10-07 13:10
A parent of a middle school student School should start after Labor Day The other option is the 12 month program 2015-10-07 13:11
A parent of a middle school student continue with final exams start teaching stop living by the Common Core BS 2015-10-07 13:13
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student No, you should not start school before proposed 8/29/16. Yes, the Thanksgiving break should be reduced - only need Thursday/Friday off. Spring break should remain 5 days, why do they have Monday 4/17 off? Do NOT need teacher conference days added into schedule, do these after school hours or use substitutes to cover daytime meetings. Also, why do you have two days at end of semester? With automated testing and grades, teachers shouldn't need 1/30 and 1/31 to handle exams. 2015-10-07 13:14
A parent of a middle school student I am in favor of starting school after labor day. 2015-10-07 13:15
Other After Labor Day is appropriate 2015-10-07 13:18
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I don't have a problem with the calendar. student have a 9 week summer vacation which is what they have had in the past. 2015-10-07 13:19
Other The school year should begin after Labor Day. 2015-10-07 13:22
An AACPS employee Start after Labor Day. Have less 1/2 days and teachers days. 2015-10-07 13:28
A parent of an elementary school student Would like the school year to start after the labor day holiday. 2015-10-07 13:34
An AACPS employee Summer is too short. Get rid of the excessive number of days off spread through the year. Shorten Thanksgiving and spring break. 2015-10-07 13:37
An AACPS student You must not understand how stressful school and understand we all need breaks if you're considering making our breaks shorter. & June 15th-22nd is way to late to be in school. Baltimore County starts after us and even gets out 2 weeks or more before us. 2015-10-07 13:37
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student PLEASE reconsider the long break surrounding Easter. A week and a day off of school is far too long. I am a working mother and this is an annual problem for us. My children also agree that it is too much time off of school. They would rather get out earlier in June in order to have a longer summer. I would also like to see a shorter Thanksgiving break. We really do not need a whole week off there either. 2015-10-07 13:40
A parent of an elementary school student Please start school the day after Labor Day 2015-10-07 13:42
A parent of a middle school student I do not like the changes to the academic school year. 2015-10-07 13:42
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Start school after Labor Day. 2015-10-07 13:42
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please don't add more parent teacher conferences. They're a waste of time middle and high school. The students are required to collect their homework in a folder. The folder is handed to the parents during the "conference" to look through. That's it. There's no discussion with the teacher. Useless. Please move "Easter" break into March. March is the only month without a single day off from school. Families that love winter sports, like skiing, have to miss the best time to do it. Shortening Easter break will only be good if the days off from school are congruent with the weekend. Do not start school any earlier in August. The most important change needed is to the High School Semester Exam Schedule in January. Please start the exams on Monday. Finish on Thursday. Leave Friday as a Pro Dev day. The current schedule will inevitably be affected by weather. It always is. Then high school student's exams are broken up and travel plans for the four day weekend are ruined. 2015-10-07 13:44
An AACPS employee Let kids have their summers! 2015-10-07 13:48
A parent of a high school student Start after Labor Day, cut down the PD days and Spring Break days (Good Friday and Easter Monday are enough)and add 15 mins to each day (like Loundon Co schools, they add the additional time 7.5 min beginning and end of day, this covers any weather related closings and still provides required hours for students) 2015-10-07 13:49
A parent of a high school student Start the school year after labor day. Eliminate "teacher workshop/development" days off. Schedule these workshop/development days during the week before labor day, or schedule them during current school breaks. Too many random days off during the year. 2015-10-07 13:56
An AACPS employee I would prefer to get out of school earlier so starting a week sooner would be nice. I also feel that the students do not need a full week off and then some for both thanksgiving and easter. This too would end the school year earlier. Between November and January the students miss a lot of school bc of breaks and testing/professional days. They need to be in school. I don't agree with multiple conference days either throughout the year. We keep good communication with our parents and with parent connect-- they are kept up to date with their child's grades/progress. If there is a concern we are meeting with the parents at that time and do not wait until conference time anyways. 2015-10-07 13:57
An AACPS employee Shorten Thanksgiving and Spring Break in order to end the school year earlier. 2015-10-07 14:04
A parent of a high school student There are far too many half days, professional development days, and other assorted days off. These days should be eliminated or consolidated. Also, the week off for Thanksgiving is a bit much and is a problem for working parents with young ones in school. Additionally, the days off for Yom Kippur and other Jewish holidays, should be removed. According to http://www.bestplaces.net/religion/county/maryland/anne_arundel .22% of Anne Arundel County is Jewish. None of my kids know any Jewish classmates who celebrate any of these holidays. I feel that the current calendar can be consolidated in such a way that the school year can be started later and end earlier, with an elimination of most of these days off. 2015-10-07 14:04
A parent of a high school student I do not think reducing the number of days off is a good idea. Providing safer school, cleaner restrooms with doors that lock would be a good thing to do. Getting rid of common core would be a good idea. 2015-10-07 14:07
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 14:08
A parent of an elementary school student School should start after Labor Day. And no need for a week for than,shoving break. School should end the beginning of June. 2015-10-07 14:09
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student The school calendar should run from right after Labor Day to the first week of June. Give the teachers, kids and parents a break. Shorten Thanksgiving break to 2 days (thanksgiving and the day after). Shorten Easter break to two days (Good Friday and Easter Monday). Reduce the number of early dismissal days so the kids get more instruction, after all isn't that why the day was lengthened by ten minutes several years ago?! (Time is currently being wasted at CBMS, where they has advisory for the last 30 minutes of EVERY day....this is a joke and most kids are using it as social time). Time spent at too many meetings and worries about who at which school is Tweeting what could be spent more wisely). 2015-10-07 14:10
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student The length of the upcoming school year is unacceptable. To many unnecessary days off. We need to purge these from our school year. I think it totally acceptable for the year to end first week June unless snow days are used up. At this proposal summer vacation will almost be Non existent 2015-10-07 14:22
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student The length of the upcoming school year is unacceptable. To many unnecessary days off. We need to purge these from our school year. I think it totally acceptable for the year to end first week June unless snow days are used up. At this proposal summer vacation will almost be Non existent 2015-10-07 14:23
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student The calendar shows the last day as 6/22, this is still late and I would agree with taking days from Thanksgiving and Spring breaks so that the school year ends earlier. 2015-10-07 14:23
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student, A parent of a special school student Start school 8/29 End school 6/16 Gain the 4 days by: Remove Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah as school holidays Reduce Thanksgiving break by 2 days 2015-10-07 14:28
An AACPS student Keep it as is 2015-10-07 14:40
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student The calendar is getting out of hand. This year we now have two 3 day weekends in February for parent teacher conferences yet there was hardly any school time since the last set of conferences. In addition above elementary school they do student led conferences which is a joke. I had one of my children tell me everything was great and his work showed such but then I got a call the week before from his teacher that he had not turned anything in for the whole marking period. If a parent or a teacher needs to meet then they could set something up. We have the two days off after all the 1/2 days in January yet they are talking about getting rid of mid terms and finals. If they are just doing quarterly assessments this should get rid of the need for these days off and the 1/2 days as well. Several years ago we had a shorter break at Easter maybe just do Thurs-Mon off and that would save three days. Most surrounding school districts do not have the full week off for Thanksgiving. Most only have Wed off. We really need to look at more successful school districts to see how they do it. I am from PA and you started after Labor Day and ended around Jun 8-10th every year. They do not try and make the whole county one district so there is a lot more accountability across the board and transportation becomes far less of an issue. Not to mention their scores are far higher then here in AA county. I am fortunate and I have a flexible work schedule I feel really sorry for those who have strict schedules with the way we operate our school year. It often does not make sense. I have one graduating in 2017 so they get out on 5/25 but we will not be able to do anything as a family as the rest will be in school until 6/22 (and that is if we don't have any weather delays) 2015-10-07 14:45
A parent of an elementary school student June 22 is too late 2015-10-07 14:51
An AACPS employee Take away the days off in November and make them half days. We can then do conferences after that. Then we gain more days in the summer. Additionally, the February conference is not needed, and we should have that as a school day. Furthermore, have one work day in January only and no PD days then. We are in meetings enough we don't need more! 2015-10-07 14:52
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student This is utterly ridiculous. Aren't we going in the wrong direction? What happened to starting school after Labor Day and getting out in early June like when I was a kid. You are proposing to take away family time and holidays which is crucial in a children's life in this day and age. There are other areas to pull this from. Teachers get the whole Summer off. They don't need additional Union created 'work days' etc. 2015-10-07 14:57
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student start a little earlier in Aug. End earlier in June. 2015-10-07 15:00
A parent of an elementary school student There is no question that the school year cuts into the summer. In reviewing the school calendar it seems that there are a LOT of miscellaneous teacher in-service days and 1/2 days for the elementary when high schoolers are testing. The last week of school is mostly 1/2 days. I feel that the kids are not getting enough quality full days in. I have several parent friends who think we should do away with week breaks for thanksgiving, Christmas and spring break. I disagree and feel the kids deserve these breaks but do not need more than a week. We do not have family in the area and travel between Christmas and New Year's Day. I can't imagine the kids going to school between those two holidays and will be very dissappointed if that break is taken away. My kids will not be there as it is time we get to spend with family and are never here. Thanksgiving week is the same. But other random days should be reconsidered. Are they necessary disruptions to the school year? 2015-10-07 15:13
A parent of an elementary school student I am all for shortening holiday breaks but starting school earlier then August 29 just to get out of school earlier then June 23 is ridiculious! There is no reason why they should get out earlier in June. What ever happened to starting school after Labor Day? Studies have been done to prove that starting school after Labor Day would increase the states revenue astronomically. 2015-10-07 15:20
A parent of an elementary school student I would like to see schools start after Labor Day. In addition, I feel that the Christmas, Thanksgiving and Spring Break holiday could be shortened. I have no concerns with how late the school year will run as long as it is completed in the month of June. 2015-10-07 15:23
An AACPS employee   2015-10-07 15:24
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student This is my thoughts on changes for the school calendar. *Start sch year after Labor Day. *Cut Mon & Tue off Thanksgiving brk. if you need to add in a few more sch days. *Make Easter like it use to be; Thur, Fri before and Mon after. *Have early dismissals to accommodate Parent Teacher conferences or for teacher in service days like other counties (Carroll Co) do in stead of days off. *last day of sch should not be any later then the 15-17 of June. 2015-10-07 15:28
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 15:58
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Our input on the 2016/17 AA County school calendar is to reduce Thanksgiving and Easter breaks in order to end the school year earlier and have a longer overall summer schedule. For Thanksgiving, Thu.-Sun. would be plenty, and a long weekend over Easter is also sufficient. This would allow working families easier access to daycare and family vacations when work schedules allow, rather than having them dictated by the school calendar. Thank you! 2015-10-07 16:15
A parent of an elementary school student Begin school after Labor Day! 2015-10-07 16:20
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please start school after Labor Day and reconsider the ridiculous number of days off during the year!!! 2015-10-07 16:22
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 16:29
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student When I went to school, we got out the first week of June and and went back to school after Labor day. I graduated and I am very successful! Let's give the parents the opportunity to plan their vacations longer and let's give our kids there summer back! 2015-10-07 16:30
A parent of an elementary school student I am suggesting that school should resume the day after Labor day. 2015-10-07 16:35
A parent of an elementary school student Longer Summer..like it usually is..no added days. Give the kids a break. 2015-10-07 16:37
A parent of an elementary school student Don't take away holiday break days..don't start school earlier and in the summer and end later. Not in agreement with this at all. The kids deserve a break. 2015-10-07 16:39
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student   2015-10-07 16:40
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I believe school should begin after Labor Day and end before Memorial Day. 2015-10-07 16:46
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I am in favor of starting a bit earlier than August 29th. I also support reducing the number of days off for Spring Break and Thanksgiving. I do not think that parent-teacher conferences are necessary three times per year for all students. They should be on an as-needed basis, perhaps with a two-hour early dismissal schedule for students with teachers having an extended day to accommodate parents' schedules. 2015-10-07 16:46
A parent of an elementary school student The school year is too long. Starting after Labor Day makes much more sense! 2015-10-07 16:47
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 16:49
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I am in agreement with the start time changes but I am not in agreement with the calendar changes. I feel the children go to school early enough in August and stay in school too late in June. This cuts into summer break. I was hopeful for a start date after Labor Day and ending later in June. 2015-10-07 16:53
Other I am a recent graduate of the AACPS system, and my younger sibling goes to an AACP high school. Stop keeping kids in school for almost all of June, they should be getting out in the beginning of June at latest. Focus on getting better teachers and improving the curriculum, not keeping kids in school longer. As soon as they get to college they will be going to school for probably half the time or less than what they did at any other point in the AACPS system. 2015-10-07 16:58
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student I think the suggested changes to the tentative schedule are unnecessary. If changes must be made, please do not change the begin date in August or lessen the number of days off for thanksgiving or the spring break. The addition of parent teacher conferences is fine 2015-10-07 17:02
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student I agree with starting the school year before Aug. 29 to allow for an earlier closing of school in June. I also agree with a shortening spring break to allow for an earlier closing date. 2015-10-07 17:03
A parent of an elementary school student start school after labor day 2015-10-07 17:05
Other Not starting even earlier!! We were told the county was talking about after Labor Day!! That is where we want to see school start! I am an active Grandmom of 2 Chesapeake school district children! 2015-10-07 17:09
Other   2015-10-07 17:10
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Schools should open after Labor Day. End by the 15th of June. Shorten Thanksgiving and Spring Break. 2015-10-07 17:10
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student The Thanksgiving break should be shorter as should spring break. I agree to eliminate mid-terms. Never should the school year start earlier than it does now or end later. 2015-10-07 17:12
A parent of an elementary school student The kids start school early enough. If you wanted to shorten the school year, shorten the Easter Break back to what it used to be (Thurs-Mon) and get rid of the extra conference days that you are trying to build in. The Thanksgiving Break has been 5 days (for students) for years and should stay that way. I don't see why we need more conference days built into the calendar with all of the tools parents have to view a child's progress at home. If there is an issue, they should email/call the teacher and talk on their own time. Not every child needs those extra conference days. If you you cut out the 3 extra days from Easter Break and the new extra conference days that is a week you could take off the end of the year right there. 2015-10-07 17:15
A parent of an elementary school student I am not in agreement with extending the school year 2015-10-07 17:19
An AACPS employee Let students have their Summer. We used to start after Labor day and be able to enjoy family time. 2015-10-07 17:24
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student I do not want to start earlier but support the shorter thanksgiving and spring breaks. 2015-10-07 17:29
A parent of a high school student I encourage a reduction of the Christmas break and Thanksgiving break, and lengthening Easter break. Its fine to start early. Ending school in late June is problematic for summer activities. 2015-10-07 17:30
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student School should start after labor day and should be finished no later than the second week of June. The kids have too many days off during the school year. 2015-10-07 17:35
A parent of an elementary school student I do not think the school year should start sooner. Personally I think it should start after Labor Day. Reducing Spring Break by 2-3 days would be sufficient. This would give the children Thursday, Friday, and Monday off. Thanksgiving break could be shortened only if Parent/Teacher conferences are moved. That would be shortened by 2 days and run from Wednesday - Friday. Having Parent teacher Conferences during the 1st 3 quarters and potentially at the end of the year if requested would be nice. 2015-10-07 17:42
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student Just plain terrible. We high school teachers need those half-days to grade quarterly assessments. I have 189 students taking exams! Also going back earlier in August does not help kids attend camps, swim in pools, etc. Kids need physical activity and the elementary school recess will be indoor until September. 2015-10-07 17:43
A parent of a high school student   2015-10-07 17:44
An AACPS employee High school teachers need the half days to grade their quarterly assessments. Most have writing on them. 2015-10-07 17:45
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student I think that they should start after Labor Day and end in beginning of June, I also feel if they are going to take away days it should be spring break or something 2015-10-07 17:45
A parent of an elementary school student Children need their summers!!! 2015-10-07 17:46
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I do NOT agree I think this is absolutely RIDICULOUS!!! 2015-10-07 17:49
A parent of a high school student Recommend that all proposed major changes to the schedule (i.e., starting earlier, reducing Thanksgiving break, reducing Easter break) be deferred until the 2017-2018 school year. There's no reason to rush this! 2015-10-07 17:50
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I do not like that the kids start before Labor Day and go all the way until mid June. Then there are lots of days off for teacher training and other things. The kids need a break 2015-10-07 17:58
An AACPS employee I would favor delaying the start of the school year but absolutely not starting earlier. June is much more conducive to learning than August! 2015-10-07 18:16
An AACPS employee Other counties in the state have figured out how to implement a calendar that allows school to start near Labor Day and End during the 2nd week of June. The proposed calendar has school ending during the 4th week of June. Do the calendar creators recognize the challenges that classroom teachers face? At that point of the month the students are done and learning is impacted. It would be better to have less 4 day weeks, this would allow for more consistent instruction and a more compacted schedule. 2015-10-07 18:18
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student * Start the school year on Wednesday, Aug. 24th. The gradual transition to a full week is beneficial to all students and teachers. In addition, the Monday after Easter should be a school day for teachers and students. 2015-10-07 18:35
A parent of an elementary school student It would be helpful to add in the Jewish Passover holiday for scheduling purposes. 2015-10-07 18:41
An AACPS employee Why not put PD days before school starts and after school ends for students? You will need to pay teachers. Early dismissals and days off don't provide consistency in learning. Do not give Jewish holidays. Let those students it affects take off and have an excused absence. 1 conference day in Nov. 1 in May for elementary Spring break: the Thursday before Easter through the Monday after. Get out earlier in June. Don't have elementary out because of high school testing. Keep Christmas holiday time. 2015-10-07 18:41
An AACPS employee Please keep the calendar as it is for the upcoming school year. 2015-10-07 18:48
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 18:50
A parent of an elementary school student Please keep Easter break and thanksgiving breaks a full week so we have an opportunity to travel see the world and family. One off vacation days for teachers use up my precious PTO days and make it difficult to spend quality time with family. 2015-10-07 19:04
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Our children should not be in school prior to Labor Day, or after Memorial Day. Thanksgiving and Easter breaks could be reduced in days. 2015-10-07 19:04
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I am a parent and employee. I would like to see us only have Thursday, Friday and Monday for spring break like we used to have for MANY years. Then we could shorten the end of the year by three days! 2015-10-07 19:15
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student School year needs to end sooner and start after Labor Day 2015-10-07 19:18
A parent of an elementary school student I strongly feel that the school calendar needs to change to reflect the federal and state holidays, as opposed to the current schedule. 2015-10-07 19:27
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Thanksgiving time off should be Thursday and Friday only. Easter should be Thursday through Monday off for Religious reasons. Remove days off for development teacher dates etc. There are to many days off during the year that could give family's more summer vacation time so employers will give their employees time off during the summer with their family's. Start school beginning of Sept. and end it end of May or the very beginning of June at least. To many days off during the school year is unnecessary and causes headaches for daycare for children and parents. 2015-10-07 19:29
An AACPS employee Please do not start school any earlier than is already planned. I HATE going back to work before Labor Day. 2015-10-07 19:31
An AACPS employee PLEASE: Start school earlier than August 29, don't give off the entire week of Thanksgiving, eliminate the teacher inservice/work days in January, and cut spring break to Thursday-Monday. 2015-10-07 19:41
An AACPS employee I am in favor of shortening spring break. Students do not need a break of that length at that point of the year. The full week is excessive given how early the year starts and how late it ends. 2015-10-07 19:48
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student School should not start any earlier. Thanksgiving break should be shortened to 3 days. There needs to be less random days off so students have a consistent schedule. 2015-10-07 19:48
Other I am ok with starting earlier than August 29th and a shorter easter break 2015-10-07 19:53
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student This is unacceptable. Attention spans are gone by mid June at the latest. I have a hard time figuring out why we need to start so early and end so late. Yes I am fine with giving up some days at Thanksgiving and Easter. Also, the entire school does not need to have off for holidays that are only observe by a minority of students. Let's start using some common sense. And end date that late in June in COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. 2015-10-07 19:56
A parent of an elementary school student I do not agree with the change of the school year dates. We need to leave them as they have always been...... Children need to be kids and not be pressured to be in school so much. I want my child to enjoy his summers!!!! 2015-10-07 20:01
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student Please do not have school "end" on June 26. It is extremely hard to keep students engaged in June and we also end up losing students to family vacations at that point. Please do not do this. 2015-10-07 20:07
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A parent of an elementary school student In regards shortening holiday schedules, can you please consider those who do not have family in Maryland. It would be nice to have time travel to see them without the children missing school. Thank you. 2015-10-07 20:14
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Shorten Thanksgiving break and Easter break so we can start on the 29th of August but end at least a week sooner in June 2016. 2015-10-07 20:37
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 20:40
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student ALL half days or two hour early dismissals should be in the afternoon for students. Kids have WAY too much homework keeping them up all hours of the night and they have to wake up WAY too early already. Give them the morning, not the afternoon, off. Also, make spring break in MARCH, not April. Many families like to ski and April is too late. There is no alternative. 2015-10-07 20:40
A parent of an elementary school student Start school after Labor Day and end within the 1st 2 weeks of June. I know it is easier said than done but how are so many other states successfully implementing this type of schedule. Thanksgiving break could be shortened to Wed, Thurs, Fri. 2015-10-07 20:43
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Schools should open after Labor Day and close by Memorial Day. There are too many "holidays" and "teacher days" scheduled, some of them should be eliminated. Also the school day could be extended an extra hour or so and the number of school days could be shortened from 186 to about 165. The net effect would be the same amount of hours per year. There are many reasons to make these changes including financial and competitive advantages. 2015-10-07 20:43
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I not in favor of adding more conference days. It requires me to find daycare for my children and many parents do not attend. Parents are always welcome to set up a conference at any time. 2015-10-07 20:48
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I disagree with the proposal. 2015-10-07 20:48
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Stop taking off so many days during the school year, start after labor day. 2015-10-07 21:02
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Stop taking off so many days during the school year, start after labor day.No need for Jewish holidays off, we arent a prodominatly jewish population in AA County. 2015-10-07 21:03
An AACPS employee Christmas break should be longer. Do not take days away from thanksgiving and spring break. 2015-10-07 21:05
An AACPS employee Create half-day parent-conference days with 2-hour early dismissals. Make no more than 2 parent conference days, one each semester. Do not start the school year earlier. Eliminate Spring Break to get our earlier. 2015-10-07 21:31
A parent of a high school student   2015-10-07 21:32
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 21:51
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-07 22:30
A parent of a middle school student   2015-10-07 23:03
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I strongly support starting the 2016-17 school tear 1 week earlier in August. I an strongly against reducing Thanksgiving and Easter break. Having the whole week off means I can continue to take my kids out of state to visit relatives more than just in the summer. If you reduced these by a day or two you would probably get quite a few families that would still take the entire week off. Thank you very much for the opportunity to comment, I really appreciate it. 2015-10-08 04:58
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Take away all the Jewish holidays from schools that don't have a large Jewish population. Do the teachers need all those days off for teaching? School should start after Labor day and end at Memorial day! 2015-10-08 05:07
A parent of an elementary school student I suggest reducing thanksgiving break but keeping spring break as is. Reduce number of parent teacher conference days, and reduce number of early release days. 2015-10-08 05:19
A parent of a high school student I think ending the school year on June 22nd is too late. The winter, Thanksgiving and spring break can all be trimmed. I am OK with the school starting before Labor Day if it means that kids aren't in school in late June. 2015-10-08 06:08
Other   2015-10-08 06:45
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I think going to school until June 22 is ridiculous! The 3 daysa a marking period for conferences is unneccesary, if the parents need to speak with the teacher they can call a meeting. I have a high school senior that has not needed a conference and I have 2 in middle school that I do not participate in the student led conferences. I have parent connect to see their grades and I can talk to my kids at my kitchen table. I do not need a classroom to see their academic success. As far as spring break, the Friday and Monday are sufficient.The school board has told parents not to schedule a vacation during spring break in the past due to the possibility of the days being taken away, so what is the point of having the days? There are a lot of unneccesary days off in the proposed calendar that would allow for an earlier end date and still allow the later start date. I have been talking to many parents and I am getting similair feedback! Please , listen to parents who this calendar will affect dramatically. 2015-10-08 06:49
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student For possible committee review, comparison, and consideration, please explore: www.arlington.k12.va.us/Page/25 This is one example that provides some options for parent conferences, professional development, a later start date, a shorter Thanksgiving break, but similar ending dates. Thanks you for your efforts- its impossible to please everyone! 2015-10-08 07:16
A parent of an elementary school student I think summers should be kept off. And I think that instead of giving them random days off right after they start back up that they should stay out until after labor day like we used to. 2015-10-08 07:23
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I believe that, while I do love the week-long breaks at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, they are unnecessary. Two days for Thanksgiving and two for Easter should be enough. Longer summers are what the kids need! 2015-10-08 07:42
An AACPS employee The school year for the kids needs to start on August 22nd. Spring break needs to only be Thursday-Monday and we need to be finished by the week of June 12th. We have far too many 2 hour early dismissals. 2015-10-08 07:54
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Would much rather see some of the days off reduced and have my kids off earlier in June. Having kids who play sports we aren't even able to take a family vacation during spring break since they have required practice. We would also like to be able to schedule a vacation in June when the costs are down a bit. 2015-10-08 08:03
A parent of a high school student A longer summer would benefit my child and I would be happy to have the Thanksgiving and Spring breaks reduced or eliminated. We have many days off during the year and these are 2 blocks of time that can be reduced. Learning after Memorial Day drops to minimum levels so let's pack their brains earlier in the year. Students taking AP exams have NOTHING to do in class and just watch movies or sleep until the end of the school year. A whole month of possible learning or enrichment is lost. Those extra days would also give them more prep time for the May exams. Thanks for asking our thoughts. 2015-10-08 08:04
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I agree with the changes that want to be made. 2015-10-08 08:11
A parent of an elementary school student Is adding minutes to the school day an option? I believe this has worked in other states as a way to make up time. June 22nd is too late. I'd rather have shortened breaks at Thanksgiving and spring break. Thank you 2015-10-08 08:20
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I support starting the school year earlier than 8/29 so that it may end before 6/22. I also support a shorter Thanksgiving break, and having teacher conferences days available for each quarter. I do not support a shorter Spring/Easter Break. 2015-10-08 08:23
An AACPS employee This year we started way to early. Next years start date looks great. I think we should leave thanksgiving, xmas and spring break. I don't think we need more conference days. 2015-10-08 08:23
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I think the Thanksgiving holiday should be observed Thursday and Friday only and that students should be in school Monday-Wednesday of that week. The school year should end earlier than late June. Thank you 2015-10-08 08:31
A parent of an elementary school student What am I missing??? You want to start earlier, cut Thanksgiving AND Spring break?? What kind of break are we giving the children? What has changed to inspire these proposed increases?? 2015-10-08 08:34
An AACPS employee Spring Break should be Th., Fr, Mon. No need for conferences 3 times per year. Thanksgiving Week Kids go to school 1/2 day M, Tu. Conferences in the afternoon. 2015-10-08 08:39
An AACPS employee reduce Easter Break to 3 days. Make parent teacher conferences after school on an early dismissal day(s) as needed or the 2 days in January for HS exam grading could be used for Elementary parent teacher conferences. Have students go to school Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. This way puts 5 student days back in the calendar and we could get out 1 week earlier in June with the Aug. 29 start date. . 2015-10-08 08:39
A parent of a high school student Keep start date. At Thanksgiving, students have 1/2 days on Mon, Tue and have afternoon conferences as needed. Do not have three conferences. Spring Break should only be 3 days: Thursday, Friday and Monday. 2015-10-08 08:41
A parent of an elementary school student cut Easter vacation to only 3 days. Start date should be the end of Aug. or after Labor Day. Look at other counties who have this schedule to see where they cut days. 2015-10-08 08:42
A parent of a high school student I want the Thanksgiving break to be smaller and spring break because we are going to long in June! The students are so done by the time June is here, especially with all the testing!!!! 2015-10-08 08:43
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I do not want to see the week at Thanksgiving changed, as it gives all parents and teachers the opportunity to meet after the first marking period ends. However, I don't see a need to take the kids out of school in the second and third marking periods for conferences. Teachers have always been willing to set up conference time if needed, but not all students will need a conference in the 2nd and 3rd marking periods. I would like to see the calendar go back to Easter break as Thurs, Fri, Monday, so that the kids get out of school 3 days earlier. Spring break in April is not really necessary, since it is generally warm in Maryland at that point. Thank you for your consideration! 2015-10-08 08:47
A parent of a high school student Please do not move the start date ealier than August 29! And, please find any way possible to end the school year by June 16. The summer break has gotten ridiculously short. How about getting rid of the 2 days off for Rosh Hashanna & Yom Kippur & instead, allowing those students that celebrate those holidays to have an excused absence? Less than 3% of county residents are Jewish-why then do we have 2 full days off for that? Also, it would be ok to shorten the spring and Thanksgiving breaks. As for parent-teacher conferences, we do not need additional off-days for this! 2015-10-08 08:48
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student -I do not see the point of starting the school year earlier than August 29, 2016 just to end the year before June 22, 2017. I wouldn't support changing this without having good reasons. -I do not support reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. I like having breaks throughout the school year to travel and/or spend time with extended family. -I do not support reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days to a lesser number. Again, I think it's good to have breaks throughout the school year. -Having older students, I do not see the need for an official day for parent-teacher conferences. If your child is having any issues that need to be discussed with the teacher, you better be doing this before parent-teacher conferences or it's probably too late. Parents should schedule appointments with teachers as the need arises. 2015-10-08 09:19
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I believe you should start earlier, have a shorter thanksgiving break, have three parent teacher conferences, and have quarterly assessments in high school. 2015-10-08 09:21
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student There is no need for the lower schools (Middle and Elementary) to have four half days during the high school exams. More instruction can get done during this time so as to make up for the other times we have off. It would add 16 hours of instructional time to those lower schools. 2015-10-08 09:27
An AACPS employee What is the rationale for closing on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? Those are two valuable instruction days that would help to end the school year earlier. There are too many disruptions to instruction during October. Why not have parent conferences on November 7-8? This is an ideal time to have them at the end of the first marking period, BEFORE second marking period begins. School is already closed for students on 11/8, but there is no reason that teachers need to be off. Then there would be no reason to close schools on November 21-23. Winter break should go through December 23, which could help delete another day off the end of the calendar. If you give any kind of consideration to these suggestions, five days have been deleted from the end of the calendar year. We would end on June 15, 2017. If you reduce spring break to April 13-17, (like it once was) that would delete another three days off the end of the calendar; however, I would suggest adding March 20 as a day off just to give everyone a needed break. Employing all of these suggestions would result in a year end date of June 13, 2017, WITHOUT starting earlier than August 29, 2016. I would suggest starting school on August 24th for grades 1-6, and 9, and all students on August 25th. August 25-26 could be dedicated to getting all the necessary paperwork (student code of conduct) done in two days, allowing full instruction to begin on Monday August 29th. (This would end the school year on June 8, 2017) I hope you will give serious consideration my suggestions. Thank you for allowing my input. 2015-10-08 09:30
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student Please consider opening school after labor day. Please consider reducing the number of school days during the Thanksgiving holiday. 2015-10-08 09:50
Other Test 2015-10-08 09:55
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student We need to find a way to reduce the amount of in-service day and reduce the length of Holiday breaks. Students need the summer break...as do some workers 2015-10-08 10:19
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please reconsider giving these children a reasonable summer break. All 3 of my school aged children are over worked and beyond stressed. why is this? When I was younger we were off at the end of May and went back in September. Why does summer get shorter & shorter? Thank you 2015-10-08 10:52
An AACPS employee In an agreement of an earlier start date. Against reducing days for Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break. Many of the employees are not from the county or the state and would like opportunities to visit their families during the holidays. Agree with the three parent conference days added to the calendar. 2015-10-08 10:58
An AACPS employee Please shorten Thanksgiving and Spring Break so that we are not in school until almost the end of June. We do not need that many days off before the long Winter Break nor do we need them in the spring. I teach summer school- this end date would give me about 2 or 3 days before I have to report. For the kids that attend summer school, they need more time off. 2015-10-08 11:18
An AACPS student Thanksgiving and Easter break should not be reduced because students use this time to relax during the school which can become very stressful especially for highshcool student like myself. Final exams should not be changed to quarterly exams because finals don't waist time they are very easy where as I feel that quarterly exams would disrupt instructions much more then finals do. I don't feel that starting the 2016-2017 school year is necessary. 2015-10-08 11:19
A parent of an elementary school student I would like to start school earlier in the fall in order to end the school year earlier; additionally I support a shorter T-giving break though I'm not clear how teacher conferences would be held. 2015-10-08 11:27
A parent of an elementary school student I am displeased to see a recommendation to shorten the already too infrequent breaks we have for travel plans during the year. In speaking with a friend in GA they have a full week of Fall Break on top of the other already scheduled breaks. I suppose since they do not take off for the Jewish holidays that could be the reason they have extra time off. 2015-10-08 11:53
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please give our kids their summer back 2015-10-08 11:54
A parent of an elementary school student With regards to the proposed changes, I am for an earlier school start date and eliminating the number of days for Thanksgiving/Easter break. As a parent, these week-long breaks can be difficult to find childcare and breaks the routine of school. I am also a huge fan of have 3 parent/teacher conferences. More interaction with the teachers would be fantastic! 2015-10-08 12:17
A parent of a high school student Easter Break 3 days only No Jewish holidays No conferences 3 times a year Fall conferences should be 1/2 day of school. 2015-10-08 12:22
A parent of a middle school student Please take away the days off for Jewish Holidays and shorten the Spring Vacation to only 3 days. 2015-10-08 12:23
An AACPS employee Can the 2 days in Sept. for Jewish holidays be eliminated as well as 3 days for Spring Break (still have off on Thursday, Friday and Monday at Easter)? That would gain 5 instructional days and allow us to get out a week earlier in June. Thank you. 2015-10-08 12:25
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I think it looks fine to go 8/29 - 6/15 or 6/22 depending on snow. What I'm not fine with is how early the high schools start. Can't you switch it so elementary school starts early and high school starts later? Much more aligned with kids' hours and biorhythms. Thanks for considering! 2015-10-08 12:29
An AACPS employee Go back to Easter Break of Thurs, Fri, Mon. Remove Jewish Holidays (what percentage of the students in the county even are Jewish?) Line up early dismissals for professional development with the PSAT administration so instruction isn't lost 2 days in a row. 2015-10-08 12:41
An AACPS employee Thanksgiving and Easter are important family Holidays. The number of days off should not be adjusted. 2015-10-08 12:42
A parent of a middle school student I think that school should start after Labor day and end later in June. Also, I think shortening Thanksgiving or Spring Break is a good idea. Yes, time to get rid of 2 hr. dismissals. 2015-10-08 12:52
An AACPS employee I believe that starting school earlier than the proposed August 29th date would be beneficial so that the students are not in school through most of the month of June. Furthermore, 5 days for Thanksgiving is unnecessary; Wed-Friday would suffice. I agree that a chance for three conferences is great, however many parents who work may not be able to secure three days off. 2015-10-08 13:30
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Starting after Labor Day for students and shortening Thanksgiving as well as Spring Break has my vote!! That way end time should still be middle of June pending snow days. 2015-10-08 14:04
A parent of an elementary school student I would personally like to see the days before Thanksgiving cut before any of the proposed suggestions. I think having an extended break at Christmas time and then in the spring breaks up the vacation days and allows for families to take long trips. Students do not really need 2 breaks of a week or longer within one month of each other. My concern with taking away from spring break is last year when students had to make up a snow day during that break, many students did not show up that day and it was a "wasted" day for education." If days are taken away from thanksgiving or spring break, make sure it is more than 1 day they have to attend in that week, or I do not believe they will come. I realize conferences are also scheduled the week of Thanksgiving and are generally over 2 days, which would need to be rescheduled. Has the school system ever concerned night time conferences for the parents who work? It may increase attendance. 2015-10-08 14:14
An AACPS employee 10/3 & 10/13 - Are these Jewish holidays necessary anymore? Do we have a large enough Jewish population to justify it? Can't we just give excused absences to these students? 11/21 & 11/22 - Is it necessary for both days to be P/T conferences? Turn them into 2-hour early dismissals and use the rest of the day for conferences. I don't think two full days of conferences are necessary. 12/22 should always be a day off. Too many families pull their kids from class to beat travel traffic, and it ends up turning class into a zoo. 2015-10-08 14:16
A parent of an elementary school student I think the current start date is as early as I am willing to go. I would like to see the end date moved closer to the beginning of June. The school year is too long and the summer break is way too short. Eliminate the extra parent conference days. Parents can schedule with teachers as needed based on individual circumstances. Not all students need extra conference days. THose that do need them, probably need them before the conference days in the calendar. Shorten the Thanksgiving break to half day Wed, and THur-Friday off. Eliminate most snow days from the calendar by taking them out of the Easter break if we actually get snow. 2015-10-08 15:01
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I am opposed to the school year ending so late in June. These kids hardly have a summer anymore. It seems the system pushes this out further and further over the years. 2015-10-08 15:01
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student There are too many half days & days off throughout the year. Consider cutting back on some of those. Also, shortening Spring Break & Thanksgiving Break shouldn't be necessary if you cut back on some of the other days off throughout the year - families plan on having family time/vacation during Spring Break & Thanksgiving Break since the summer break is so short. Going back a week later is great however, there should be a way to do that without extending school a week in June - plus they have a week of half days - consider changing that to full days & end school earlier. 2015-10-08 15:49
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I think starting August 29th is fine. I do agree with eliminating some days from Thanksgiving and/or Spring Break. However, I do not think that the addition of parent teacher conferences built into the calendar, at least for high school students, is not a wise decision. I have attended days over Thanksgiving when we have provided parent-conferences, I did not have one parent attend out of my 185 high school students. I think that using 1/2 days would be more beneficial. The day still counts toward the total number for students and teachers, while providing time for parents attend. 2015-10-08 16:11
A parent of an elementary school student Reduce Thanksgiving break and spring break. Students don't need off on Jewish holidays. All the 2 hour early dismissals are hard for working parents. Can they be reduced? 2015-10-08 16:42
A parent of a high school student please do all that you can to end the school year before the end of June. Any days after Memorial day are difficult to attend. Make room in whatever way is necessary to preserve a 3mo. summer break. 2015-10-08 16:43
A parent of an elementary school student I think it's rediculous to end school past the second week of June. Our kids will miss the end of school every year then because that's when our big family trip is. Let's have less days off during the year! 2015-10-08 18:10
A parent of an elementary school student I think we should start after labor day and go to school the Monday thru wednesday thanksgiving week and only do partial we off for easter. 2015-10-08 18:56
A parent of a high school student Love the schedule. Don't change a thing! 2015-10-08 19:13
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would definitely be in favor of starting the school year earlier then 8/29 if that allowed the school year to end prior to 6/22. I am STRONGLY in favor of reducing the Thanksgiving break from 5 days to some lesser number. I would also be in favor of reducing the Easter/Spring break. 2015-10-08 19:38
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student It makes more sense to have the kids start on 8/22 for a full first week of school and then they'd get out earlier than almost the end of June (8/22). Especially with concern of snow days adding onto to end of the school year - they could be in school until almost July! 2015-10-08 19:59
An AACPS employee My opinion on the Calendar for 2016-2017 is stated below. Also, I would like to be on the Calendar Committee; is that possible? Betsy Miller (AACPS-8 years), Art Teacher, Rolling Knolls Elementary School, 410-222-5820 My opinion on the Calendar for 2016-2017: I think you should shorten the number of days that we get off for both Thanksgiving and Spring break. You should take one to two (1-2) days off of the Thanksgiving break and four (4) days off of the Spring break, giving us 5-6 days. Then, we could apply four (4) of those days to the December holiday break and the other two days at the end of the year to make the year end sooner for everyone. This would save a great deal on heating (Dec.-Jan.) and cooling (June) costs! This would also make it possible for school staff to receive a much-needed two weeks off at the end of the year (Dec.-Jan) in order to provide time to travel, spend time with their families, and see far-away relatives. Also, I believe the Quarterly Assessments in the high school (instead of an end-of-the year exam) is a wonderful idea! I think that would greatly benefit students academically! Thank you for your hard work on this very important matter! I look forward to reading the results of this survey. Betsy Miller Work - 410-222-5820 //Cell - 410-703-9223 2015-10-08 20:07
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student I do not agree with keeping the kids in school later and starting them earlier. Schools should not begin before Labour Day. The kids need a break and as a family we need a break from the grind and have time to enjoy each other. As a mother of 3 I am burnt out exhausted by the end of the school year and so are my kids. This past summer was over before it even started. I had barely sorted through last year's school papers and such before I was off buying school supplies for this year. 2015-10-08 20:24
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student I do not agree with keeping the kids in school later and starting them earlier. Schools should not begin before Labour Day. The kids need a break and as a family we need a break from the grind and have time to enjoy each other. As a mother of 3 I am burnt out exhausted by the end of the school year and so are my kids. This past summer was over before it even started. I had barely sorted through last year's school papers and such before I was off buying school supplies for this year. 2015-10-08 20:25
A parent of an elementary school student I support starting the school year earlier by one week (Aug 22 start date). The days off for Thanksgiving should be reduced to Nov 23-25. Spring break should remain as is. I approve of 3 days for Parent-Teacher conferences. 2015-10-08 20:34
A parent of a high school student I do not think that it is necessary to change the Thanksgiving break. I like the conferences the 3 days before Thanksgiving, it makes more sense then having days off the week before, and then again with the 2 off on Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week. I do not think that we need Spring Break to be so long. School ends for the year about 6 weeks later for Summer vacation. Do not agree with starting school earlier. There is no need for so many Snow Days to be added to the calendar. The state is already trying to change the start date until after Labor Day. 2015-10-08 20:47
A parent of an elementary school student Please give them veterans day off. We are on a military base with lots of Veterans! ! 2015-10-08 21:07
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Yes, reduce the number of days off for break. Their summer is too short. 2015-10-08 21:33
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student It would be unfair to cut the Spring break shorter than a full week. There would be no opportunity for students or staff to have a family vacation and important quality time together unless the time off includes the five days and both weekends. It gives people more options and flexibility. I don't understand why our county starts earlier than most others in this area of Maryland, and now wants to end late or cut much needed vacations. 2015-10-08 21:36
A parent of a high school student   2015-10-08 22:09
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please do not keep the kids in school until June 22. It is glorified babysitting and a waste of resources. 2015-10-08 22:19
Other   2015-10-09 00:00
A parent of a middle school student Recognize federal holidays and not other holidays that aren't recognized as federal holidays. To have as many veterans as we do in the county and not recognize Veterans Day is completely wrong. How about considering going to school an extra 30 minutes a day that will shorten the school year as Virginia does. Families want the time at Christmas, Easter and thanksgiving so don't cut back on those days. Stop trying to be PC and do the right thing for our kids. Thanks 2015-10-09 05:14
An AACPS employee I would take away days from Spring break and have schools only be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. 2015-10-09 05:27
A parent of a high school student Reducing the Thanksgiving break to Wed. - Friday is fine. Never understood why they have a week off. I do not like the option of deducting days from spring break to make up for extra snow days. Take two days away from thanksgiving break and save them for snow days above 5. Thanks for considering my comments. 2015-10-09 05:28
An AACPS employee Would rather start the school year earlier 2015-10-09 06:23
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Other counties do an early dismissal for conference, thus avoiding a whole day off. Don't do conferences 3x in a year. Spring break should be Thursday, Friday, and Monday. 2015-10-09 07:15
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student Suggestions: 1. Decrease Thanksgiving break to Thursday and Friday only 2. Decrease spring break to Thursday and Friday only. I prefer to have off on Good Friday due for religious reasons 3. Have students start school on Aug 24 Summer is getting shorter and shorter so I am in favor of getting out earlier in June. 2015-10-09 07:26
A parent of an elementary school student Other schools around the country manage starting as late as after Labor Day, but STILL end prior to the end of June. As for suggestions, most parents do not have off Mon-Tues before Thanksgiving, so those days do not make the holiday any better. So, going to school then, makes sense. Also, it appears that there are 6 extra days 'built in' as snow make-up days. Other school districts build in maybe 3, and then shorten 'spring break' as necessary to make up for any additional. 2015-10-09 07:41
An AACPS employee I think that we shouldn't have 2 days off in September (Jewish holidays). That should be reduced to one day and possibly give us a day off in October. I would prefer having off the professional development day in October since it varies from year to year or give us off Columbus day. Also, I think Thanksgiving and Christmas break should stay the same. Spring break can be reduced by 3 days. Basically I would like to get out the first week in June and come back closer to September. I think it's unfair to barely have 2 months off (teachers) for summer break. I think it's ridiculous to come back the middle of August. It's hot and in all honestly, nobody is ready to give instruction or receive instruction until summer is "officially" over. 2015-10-09 07:57
A parent of an elementary school student I would love shorter Easter/Thanksgiving breaks. It is always stressful to me to find appropriate care at those times. Since I work an hourly job with no paid leave I often find myself having to give up working on those days. Fortunately I have an understanding supervisor but I know may others are not so lucky. 2015-10-09 08:34
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student 1.Thanksgiving break should consist of Wed, Thur, Fri ONLY. NO need for Mon & Tues off. Too hard for working parents to find child care. 2. Jan 30 & 31st should be school days and NOT Teacher work days. 3. Cut down Easter Break by removing the Monday after Easter as a day off. Simply have spring break as 5 days, Mon - Fri. 2015-10-09 08:55
An AACPS employee I would like to start the school year earlier than the currently planned August 29, 2016, in order to end the year before the currently planned June 22, 2017. I would prefer to start on August 15, 2016. 2015-10-09 08:57
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would not want the holiday breaks to be shortened. They are imperative to family travel, however I would be happy with a week earlier start date, to finish a week earlier. Thank you. 2015-10-09 08:58
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I am in favor of starting the school year later and ending it earlier. Spring break and Thanksgiving breaks should be shorter. We should not have to close school to have parent-teacher conferences. I imagine most teachers would favor scheduling a few necessary meetings in the evenings over going to school until June 22. Every student certainly does not need a conference in every marking period - these should be only as necessary or requested (students need to learn to take responsibility for their own education). Elementary and middle schools should not have to close early because high school student have exams - high school students can spend the entire day at school so buses can run on a regular schedule. Finally, the President's Day 'holiday' would be better spent in school learning about presidents; it is certainly less important to acknowledge than Veterans Day which we've already lost. Thank you for taking feedback. Gwen Davis (Gwen@LLamaworks.com) 2015-10-09 09:16
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student * I am not in favor of starting earlier than August 29th. * I am in favor of reducing the Thanksgiving Break to 3 days; Wed, Thurs, & Fri. * I am in favor of reducing the Spring Break to 3 days; Thurs & Fri before Easter and Mon after easter. * I am not in favor of having 3 days of Parent-Teacher conferences. * Is there a possibility that the Winter break can be extended from Dec 19 to Jan 2? 2015-10-09 09:51
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student * I am not in favor of starting earlier than August 29th. * I am in favor of reducing the Thanksgiving Break to 3 days; Wed, Thurs, & Fri. * I am in favor of reducing the Spring Break to 3 days; Thurs & Fri before Easter and Mon after easter. * I am not in favor of having 3 days of Parent-Teacher conferences. 2015-10-09 09:57
An AACPS employee Calendar looks great. School start time should be changed to after Labor Day. 2015-10-09 10:00
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student * I am not in favor of starting earlier than August 29th. * I am in favor of reducing the Thanksgiving Break to 3 days; Wed, Thurs, & Fri. * I am in favor of reducing the Spring Break to 3 days; Thurs & Fri before Easter and Mon after easter. * I am not in favor of having 3 days of Parent-Teacher conferences. 2015-10-09 10:00
A parent of a high school student Leave Thanksgiving break alone, Easter can go back to Thurs/Friday and Monday. cut the Jewish holidays out, they don't celebrate until after sundown anyway. Start school year earlier, the 22nd to end is too late. 2015-10-09 10:16
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student First of all, I am not certain how we started TWO weeks before Labor Day this year and end so late in June. Compared to other schools across the country, this seems lengthy. It seems there are too many days off in the school year. HOWEVER, I strongly feel they are not the breaks that need to be shortened. There are too many random professional days. I understand the teachers need training time, especially with the Common Core. But teachers here will even admit, they don't need that many. And these could be early release days, not days off, so that we are not adding so many extra days to the calendar. These random days wreak havoc on a working parents schedule, such as myself. Cut 4-5 of those out of the schedule instead. Spring break needs to be a full week plus Easter Monday. That is the main family trip time. And house rentals span a full week. If shortened, you will continue to see absent students as you did last year as parents prioritize time with their families. Even the teachers were absent last year! Thanksgiving could be Wed-Fri off no problem. I do feel Wed off also is important for travel time. Again, we will just pull them out anyway. Christmas/New Years break already feels short and again is family time. With no family in the area, we need time to travel to BOTH sides of the family. And I strongly disagree with starting any earlier than one week before Labor Day. Personally, I'd like to start after. Labor Day is the epitome to the end of summer, yet we are already in school. I think the random days off throughout the year should be strongly looked at for their necessity. Do the teachers really need a professional day at the end of every semester to regroup? And what about all the days in Jan/Feb? Do we really need those days? Schools in other areas still do testing without taking days off. Please consider alleviating the mess those days create for us, and protecting family time in the summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years, and Spring Break. Family is actually MORE important than school sometimes. 2015-10-09 10:48
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student I'm generally in favor of the new proposal. What will be the new start date for 2016 - 2017 calendar year? 2015-10-09 10:52
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please consider removing the Jan 30 and 31 testing days that are off for the entire system. Find a way to test the HS students without giving these two days off. Please remove Easter Monday (April 17) as a day off. 5 days off is good enough for Spring Break. Why do we have 3 days off in October? It really breaks the routine of teachers and students just as they are getting their momentum. Are they Jewish holidays? Could we eliminate at least one of the 2 Jewish holidays off? Especially since it is an election year and we have Nov 8th off. Why do we have Dec 23rd off - again 5 days off is enough for Winter Break and in this case we also have a 6th day. We do not need a 7th day off. 2015-10-09 11:01
A parent of a middle school student School should begin as close to Labor Day as possible. Spring Break can be cut short to accommodate a shorter school year. 2015-10-09 11:09
A parent of an elementary school student I Want to see the kids back in school around Aug.22nd and out around June.14th .what happened to the calendar a few years ago when the kids were out by June 8th ? I know we got 1 extra snow day now but from the 8th to the 18th to now the 22nd that's a huge change !Besides that I like everything ,THANKS for listening to me 2015-10-09 11:34
A parent of a special school student I would like to keep the calendar for the 2016-2017 the same as it is planned 2015-10-09 11:44
An AACPS employee My opinions are such: 1. Do not start school any earlier. People are still enjoying what's left of the summer and/or vacationing. 2. I never did understand why we needed off so many days for Thanksgiving Break. I think Wed/Thu/Fri are plenty of days to prepare and celebrate the occasion. 3. I would like to see Spring Break stay as is. When you work in a school setting, you are discouraged to take vacations/trips during the school yea. Some of us use that as an opportune time so that we are not causing a hardship to our fellow workers. 4. I have no opinion on Parent/Teacher Conferences. Thank you. 2015-10-09 12:26
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student I think we could shorten Easter break. It use to be only 3 days - Thurs., Fri. and Mon. 2015-10-09 12:58
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I oppose starting earlier that Aug 29, and I oppose ending later than June 22. I would suggest a couple of half-days for parent-teacher conferences so that we do not loose school days towards the 180. I would also like to see a four-day long weekend in February for skiing! Additionally, when the weather is iffy, I would suggest 2-hr or 3-hr delayed openings so we do not have to add on to the end of the year. Some weather calls last year were quite dubious. 2015-10-09 13:11
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student How about making the school days a LITTLE longer. Summer vacation has already been shortened through the years. Kids should go back after Labor Day like it used to be. You can only raise the expectations SO much and expect to accomplish just SO much within a school year. If the kids had only ONE elective class each semester and spent more time in the core classes, we wouldn't be having the discussion of SHORTENING their summer break EVEN MORE. They will spend their ENTIRE ADULT LIVES working. LET THEM BE KIDS and have THE SUMMER off!!! How about having the teachers prepare "snow day" assignments when bad weather is predicted and put them up on the websites for the kids to still do school work on SNOW DAYS. With this all this technology we have to keep kids learning even on snow days, shortening the summer break even MORE is RIDICULOUS!!!!! 2015-10-09 13:36
An AACPS employee I would prefer going a little longer in June, and starting later in August. 2015-10-09 13:54
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student w/r/t starting the school year earlier than the currently planned 8/29/16, in order to end the year before the currently planned 6/26/16 - the school year needs to be a certain length based on priorities. as we (parents/teachers/students/board members/etc) continue to identify reasons to expand the school year, we must accept that there will necessarily be a shorter summer break. this is a balancing act that must be worked out, deciding which insertions are important enough to merit fewer summer days and which are not. we must accept that we can't have it both ways - have all the important holidays and days off but also a 3-month summer vacation. we have to start and end sometime based on the length of the school year - what we're doing now seems better to me than anything else. w/r/t reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number - most workers will have only thanksgiving off, some will also have the day after off, a lucky few will have off the day before. all other time out of the office usually that week needs to be taken as vacation time, something many people are trying to save for summer and christmas vacations. not having school on monday, tuesday, and even wednesday before thanksgiving is actually a hardship for many, who need to find childcare because they have to be at work those days. i think it would be reasonable and even helpful to have school in session at least monday and tuesday. w/r/t reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) to a lesser number - pretty much no one in the work world has any time off around this break and not having school on monday - thursday actually presents a hardship for working parents that need to pay for additional childcare for their children during this week. again, i think it would be reasonable and even helpful to have school in session at least monday and tuesday, and maybe even wednesday. w/r/t accommodating three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods - i think this is crucial. i want to be able to meet with my kids' teachers as frequently as possible, not just when an issue is identified. there are viable options for how to get these 3 days into the school calendar (for example, have the kids in school monday and tuesday before thanksgiving and monday before easter, and those 3 extra school days will accomodate the 3 days of parent-teacher conferences without extending the school calendar at all). but even if the decision is made to keep all other breaks as-is, additional days should be added to the end of the school year to accomodate these conferences. 2015-10-09 14:37
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student 6/22 IS TOO LATE TO FINISH SCHOOL. Take away some teacher work days and go to school Mon, Tues and Wed of Thankgsiving week. 2015-10-09 15:22
A parent of an elementary school student How about doing away with all these stupid professional days instead? Most teachers I have asked say they are a joke. Go back to starting after labor day and getting out at Memorial day!! There should be plenty of days to teach the required material! The last WEEK or school is A JOKE! Kids sit around watching movies and helping teachers clean their rooms...this is UNACCEPTABLE. If they have to be there, they should be learning!! It's a clear indication there are too many days in the school calendar as it is, if teachers can waste an entire week. Shorten the year without doing away with holidays and family time. DO AWAY with these stupid tests that take a week, not to mention the WEEK that is wasted BEFORE the test "preparing" for the test. 2015-10-09 16:01
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would be happy to have the current breaks shortened, except the winter break, in order to have the children get out of school earlier in June. Thank you! 2015-10-09 16:58
Other   2015-10-09 19:24
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please do not start so early in August and go so late in June. Reduce the number of days they are off school and end school no later than June 10-12. Look at what other school systems do around the country. AACPS school schedule doesn't let students have consistency in learning with so many days off. Don't add more days off for parent-teacher conferences. I've never had a teacher say that they'd only discuss my child's education during formal, AACPS-scheduled conferences. Parents can talk to teachers anytime. Don't make all the students suffer by dragging the entire school year out using the guise of helping everyone - it doesn't. 2015-10-09 20:40
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please do not start so early in August and go so late in June. Reduce the number of days they are off school and end school no later than June 10-12. Look at what other school systems do around the country. AACPS school schedule doesn't let students have consistency in learning with so many days off. Don't add more days off for parent-teacher conferences. I've never had a teacher say that they'd only discuss my child's education during formal, AACPS-scheduled conferences. Parents can talk to teachers anytime. Don't make all the students suffer by dragging the entire school year out using the guise of helping everyone - it doesn't. 2015-10-09 20:40
An AACPS employee Reduce days at Thanksgiving and spring break, have conferences half days for a couple of days so they count as work days, have pd days half days for same reason and get rid of the Jewish holidays. Dont start any earlier than August 29. Change high school exams to quarterly. Also get fresh new people on the committee. Check out other counties calendars to see where may use their example and cut out some of our wasted days. Pd days should be 2 hr early dismissals not whole days off for students, this is wasted time, just like our conference days. They too could be 2 or 3 hour early dismissals Thanks for putting this survey out there. 2015-10-09 21:23
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please give the kids Veterans Day and Columbus Day off! As well as starting winter break prior to December 24, no more Jewish holidays off,'unless you also plan to give off for orthodox holidays, like January 7th for Christmas! 2015-10-10 06:50
A parent of a high school student I'm in favor of shorting all of the holiday breaks( Thanksgiving, spring etc) parent/teacher conferences so they school year ends earlier. 2015-10-10 07:14
A parent of an elementary school student I think starting the school year during the week of August 22 is a good idea. I DO NOT like shortening spring break or Thanksgiving break. 2015-10-10 08:14
A parent of an elementary school student   2015-10-10 08:27
A parent of an elementary school student YES TO starting the school year earlier than the currently planned August 29, 2016, in order to end the year before the currently planned June 26, 2016 YES TO reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. YES TO reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) to a lesser number. YES TO Accommodating three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods. 2015-10-10 08:29
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student I recommend the student start date of 8/29/2016 11/21 and 22 should be 2 hour early releases with conferences to follow in afternoon. No school 11/23 1/30/2017 should be closed to students for teacher work day 1/31 - Students attend school 4/10, 11, 12 Students attend school 6/15 Last Day of School 2015-10-10 08:36
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Move the opening up a week. More time to help with prep for testing. Go to school Monday and Tuesday Thanksgiving week. 2015-10-10 10:56
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Move the opening up a week. More time to help with prep for testing. Go to school Monday and Tuesday Thanksgiving week. 2015-10-10 10:56
A parent of a middle school student We don't need to have six days off at Easter, would rather move those days to have a longer break in Feb with Pres Day, or move to June and get out earlier. Thank you! 2015-10-10 11:05
A parent of an elementary school student In my opinion the school year is already too long and measures need to be taken to figure out how to end in early June. My first and favorite suggestion is for year round school. This would entail a week break at the end of each grading period and a 6 week summer break. This works very well in the Tuloso-Midway school district in Corpus Christi, TX. In the current calendar suggested I am in favor of a shorter Thanksgivng break but strongly against a shorter Spring Beak. Figure out some of the other one day breaks and do away with a couple of those. Ending school as late as June 26 is absurd and is insufficient calendar planning. Thank you for your consideration and hard work! 2015-10-10 11:38
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Please consider starting school after Labor Day, eliminating 2-3 days of the Thanksgiving break and shortening the Spring Break to just Friday and Monday. Too many long breaks from school. Students and teachers would much rather have less holidays/days off during the school year and get out earlier in June, if possible. 2015-10-10 13:18
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would like to start a week earlier in August and end earlier in June to accommodate snow days. Need to keep a whole week for Spring Break, we don't need two conference days before Thanksgiving. Use early release days for conferences since not all kids need them, especially older students. 2015-10-10 14:00
An AACPS employee June 22 is way too late! Could we consider 2 he early dismissals for all parent teacher conference days throughout the year like Howard County does? Eliminates many of the closures ... Could save 3 days out the gate and more if additional days are added. Time to consider year round schooling models that offer regular breaks and reduce summer slide challenges. Spring break would be fine to go back to our 3 day holiday model-- Thursday, Friday, Mobday off. 2015-10-10 16:26
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Leave it as is 2015-10-10 18:41
An AACPS employee, A parent of a special school student It wouldn't be bad to remove a day or two from the beginning of Spring Break. I do NOT think any days should be taken away at Thanksgiving...as an employee... As the parent of a student at a Special Ed School....the student there do not start on the first day. That day is used for parent conferences. I do not think 3 conference days are needed. I really do not see Regular Ed parents/students going to more conferences. At least not enough to make it worth having them built into the calendar ( I am also the parent of a previous Regular Ed student). Especially the student led conferences in middle school. Those are no help. 2015-10-10 19:01
A parent of an elementary school student The kids need to be finished before June 20ish. We start so early. Take some days away from Thanksgiving break. 2015-10-10 19:13
An AACPS employee I would like to see fewer random days off for teachers & students. It is distruptive to learning when you have a day off every few weeks. 2015-10-10 19:17
An AACPS student I want to get out earlier in June. Can you help make that happen? 2015-10-10 19:18
A parent of a middle school student I say YES to a shorter Thanksgiving break AMEN! 2015-10-10 19:19
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I propose that we shorten several of the breaks and remove a few days off, including: 10/3 or 10/12, 11/21-11/22, 1/31, and April 10-12. We need to go back to having longer summer breaks. This still leaves plenty of breaks during the year. Too many breaks during the year can really interfere with daycare. this would back teh school end date back to 6/13, which helps give more of a summer break. 2015-10-10 19:24
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student If adding more parent/teacher conferences means adding more days on to the end of school, then consider having 2 hour early dismissals instead for 2 days per marking period, and do the conferences then, rather than add more days to the end of the calendar. 2015-10-10 19:29
An AACPS employee I feel spring break should include having the Thursday, Friday & Monday around Easter off. I don't think having 3 additional days for conferences is necessary due to the fact that parents can meet with teachers throughout the year. The November conferences are good, since there is still time for the student to improve their grades. Closing school on June 22 cuts into teachers availability to attend classes and affects summer school schedules for those who teach. 2015-10-10 19:57
An AACPS employee Do not begin school earlier than already scheduled. 2015-10-10 20:35
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student The shortened breaks will negatively effect the students. With increased rigor across all grades, students look forward to the breaks throughout the year. They do not need a longer summer break. 2015-10-10 20:49
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student If the board switches from semester exams to quarterlies, restore the 180 day school year to reflect the 16 hours of instructional time gained by returning those half days to full school days. Turn the Oct and Jan teacher in service days and Election day into 4 potential e-learning inclement weather days like the program in Alabama but without the backlash from parents because the students are already scheduled to be home those days. Return the 5 day spring break to a 3 day. 2015-10-11 06:30
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student THANK YOU for giving December23 as part of winter break! I hope we don't need all five snow days because this school year goes so late in June. I am willing to go back to the three-day spring break to get out earlier in the summer. 2015-10-11 06:43
A parent of an elementary school student Regarding the specific calendar options listed: 1) I do not support starting school before August 29, 2016 2)I like the current Thanksgiving break schedule only because it provides time for parent-teacher conferences (otherwise just Thanksgiving and Friday off are sufficient) 3) I support reducing Spring Break to just days off for Good Friday and Easter Monday 4) I support the idea of 3 parent-teacher conferences for those who need them (I personally would utilize all 3 for both of my children) 2015-10-11 07:21
A parent of an elementary school student Do not start the school year any earlier! Take away some of the conference days (there are too many) and shorten Easter Break back to T, F and M off only! 2015-10-11 07:41
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I am in favor of the start of year and end of year dates. Please do not start the school year earlier in August. A shorter Thanksgiving break would be fine if that allows for single-day conferences, one in each of the first three quarters. I am not in favor of shortening the spring break. I have never been a fan of the January schedule of half days throughout the system to accommodate high school exams. 2015-10-11 08:35
A parent of a middle school student I am in favor of the proposed changes to the school calendar. 2015-10-11 09:31
A parent of an elementary school student I think that the kids are going way too long in June, and I am not in favor of it being extended even longer. I suggest cutting spring break to just a thurs-Fri- Mon around Easter to help with that adjustment, rather than a whole week off. T 2015-10-11 10:29
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please start the school year a week earlier to allow them to get out earlier. Reduce holidays such as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah 2015-10-11 10:40
A parent of an elementary school student Our family travels out of state to be with family during the Thanksgiving and Easter/Spring breaks. Any changes would negatively impact our ability to travel. I am sure that ours isn't the only family that travels during the breaks. 2015-10-11 13:54
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student To me it is crazy to even consider ending school that late. teachers & students are mentally done the beginning of June. Ending on 6/22, doesn't take into account that the year could be extended with inclement weather & actually be later. Take away days from Spring Break & Thanksgiving. I would rather have half days then teacher conferences in the afternoon. Conferences are pointless after the elementary age as the high schools don't do anything & they are student led in the middle schools & already send home if you attend. Take away President's day. Would prefer to never start earlier than a week before Labor Day. 2015-10-11 14:53
An AACPS student June 22 is way too late- not including all the snow days!!! We don't even do anything the last few weeks accept for finals which we could do earlier. Why would we get out so late, we went in early too. I know some people that go to school after us and get out before. I still remember one year we got out on June 8th. We went in the same time we usually do too so what the heck? If we get out this late I will literally move out of AAC!! 2015-10-11 15:01
A parent of a middle school student I say start 8/22 or 8/15 and end earlier in June. We should adopt a "by the minute" plan to get our 180 days in even if it means extending the school day a little bit. Our kids do not have enough summer! 2015-10-11 15:17
A parent of a special school student, An AACPS student the board should cut the Easter break days and the thanksgiving break days so that the kids can get out earlier 2015-10-11 15:23
An AACPS student getting out of school on the 26th of june is ridiculous that would mean we have only technically 2 months of summer and taking away from our breaks wont help either all I can say is im not coming to school during what should be my easter and thanksgiving break 2015-10-11 15:30
An AACPS student I dont agree with any of this 2015-10-11 16:12
An AACPS student I dont agree with any of this 2015-10-11 16:12
An AACPS student We should not get out June 22nd, and I also believe that we should have more than four snow days. Last year was a good example of why. Take days off of breaks, take off some days in January, but do NOT extend the school year past June 18th (my birthday), although if we could end earlier than that it would be appreciated. 2015-10-11 16:12
An AACPS student I'd love to get out earlier, but I don't want to make our fall and spring breaks shorter. I'd personally rather have long breaks in between the school year than just having 4 more days of summer, which summer is already long enough 2015-10-11 16:34
An AACPS employee Please shorten the spring break! The first week of June should end the school year! Thank You 2015-10-11 16:50
An AACPS student Anything to get out as early as possible:) plus could we start a little later 2015-10-11 17:21
An AACPS employee, A parent of a middle school student Pls start school earlier so that we are out earlier in June. A shortened thanksgiving break and spring is also something we are for. The months of November through January are very chaotic with breaks holidays and two hour early dismissals shortening those two breaks would be beneficial. No additional conference day is needed. 2015-10-11 18:02
A parent of an elementary school student I am very concerned about the length of the school year, and the resulting extremely short summers for our children. The kids work so hard and learn at a very rapid rate; they need the summers to recharge and to simply be kids. The proposal to begin school earlier in August does nothing to correct the problem of the too-short summer. Rather, I see two feasible, intelligent, easy-to-implement, and cost-neutral solutions--implemented together--to give our kids a real summer: 1. Reduce the amount of vacation days within the school year. Thanksgiving break and Easter break could both be reduced. There is also much merit to considering an assembly at school or other means of observance of minor holidays instead of scheduling a day off school. 2. Snow days should be built into the school calendar. I believe that the current method of first tacking on days in June and then taking from Easter break is backwards. Several snow days should be built into the school calendar (from January through Easter break) and taken first as inclement weather dictates; only after all built-in snow days are used should extra days be added to the end of the school year in June. The calendars of school districts in more northern parts of the country, where severe winter weather is the norm, could be referenced for guidance in getting the kids out closer to the beginning of June. Thank you for your time and consideration. 2015-10-11 19:48
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please consider having the 2-hour early dismissals on Fridays, at least some of the time. Families could use these days (which are a real hassle to working families) as a chance to get away early without risking an unexcused absence! Be more family friendly! 2015-10-11 20:00
A parent of an elementary school student Keep it as is 2015-10-11 20:10
A parent of an elementary school student While we like the later start date in August we are already in school considerably longer than other schools in the state. Adding to the end of the school year is very frustrating. It becomes very difficult to schedule any large family vacations due to the extreme differences in and and beginning dates of the school year. Ideally, using the same dates as Montgomery County appreciated. 2015-10-11 20:24
A parent of an elementary school student In regards to school opening earlier and closing earlier, this is certainly agreeable. However to accomplish this, 2 days from the Thanksgiving break should be taken. No days should taken from Easter Holidays. Thus, instead of opening on 8/29, school would start 8/24. As it stands, there is 5 days for Thanksgiving break where two days can easily be given up. When it comes to Easter break, this is the longest break after Christmas. Taking too much at any one time will end up in defeat. Thus, slow adjustments is necessary. 2015-10-11 20:33
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student 6/22 is too late to end school. I wish school started even earlier in August than it does now. 2015-10-11 20:59
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A parent of an elementary school student Changing the start and end times can negatively affect working schedules of parents. Supervisors of parents may not adjust schedules to accommodate new school schedules. 2015-10-11 21:36
A parent of a middle school student Please do not eliminate days for Thanksgiving break. Also, no need for mandatory parent teacher conferences after 6th grade. Ok to start earlier in August. Less random days during the month would be appreciated. Teachers should get their development time in the 2hrs they are not teaching every day. 2015-10-11 21:45
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks are crucial for families able to manage being with their kids during breaks in the school year. These breaks are the only time our kids get to see and enjoy parents and family members outside of the stress of highly demanding 24/7 work and life schedules/responsibilities. Why not lump Professional Development days near Thanksgiving and Spring Break in order to allow families more time to be with their children outside of the grind of our daily school and work schedules? Taking these blocks of time with our kids is educational and good for our kids, and indeed adds to quality of life. The rigidity of the school calendar is extremely difficult on families. Even our employers allow for more family time than the school calendar does. Decisions like these affect families adversely rather than seeking to support, preserve, and maintain the needs of families while their children are growing up. Families are burdened with random days schools are closed (or close early) due to "Professional Development" days. We can't construct the same quality time that week-long breaks allow, on single days with our kids, even if we are able to take time off. They do nothing for the fabric of the family, and teachers we know express that they don't understand, need, or appreciate Professional Development days. It is a proven fact medically, mentally, emotionally, and physically, that breaks in work and school time allow people time to relax, resulting in coming back to school and work refreshed and ready to learn and work with new energy. Since many families will rightfully make decisions best for their families in taking vacations when they can, these calendar changes would only add absences for students. Such a strict calendar creates more work for teachers who have to prepare the makeup work, and families/students are made to endure the stress of school administrators' ire for taking much-needed vacations. Reducing these two breaks sends the signal that family time is not important. Children are better served in their educational environments as a result of having time out of the classroom with their families, learning about the world and having their families get a chance to offer life-learning experiences while not beholden to often-dizzying school and work schedules. Failing acceptance of a lesson plan submitted by parents taking kids on vacations, or otherwise excusing vacations as excellent reasons for absences, these two weeks of breaks should be kept intact. 2015-10-11 22:59
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks are crucial for families able to manage being with their kids during breaks in the school year. These breaks are the only time our kids get to see and enjoy parents and family members outside of the stress of highly demanding 24/7 work and life schedules/responsibilities. Why not lump Professional Development days near Thanksgiving and Spring Break in order to allow families more time to be with their children outside of the grind of our daily school and work schedules? Taking these blocks of time with our kids is educational and good for our kids, and indeed adds to quality of life. The rigidity of the school calendar is extremely difficult on families. Even our employers allow for more family time than the school calendar does. Decisions like these affect families adversely rather than seeking to support, preserve, and maintain the needs of families while their children are growing up. Families are burdened with random days schools are closed (or close early) due to "Professional Development" days. We can't construct the same quality time that week-long breaks allow, on single days with our kids, even if we are able to take time off. They do nothing for the fabric of the family, and teachers we know express that they don't understand, need, or appreciate Professional Development days. It is a proven fact medically, mentally, emotionally, and physically, that breaks in work and school time allow people time to relax, resulting in coming back to school and work refreshed and ready to learn and work with new energy. Since many families will rightfully make decisions best for their families in taking vacations when they can, these calendar changes would only add absences for students. Such a strict calendar creates more work for teachers who have to prepare the makeup work, and families/students are made to endure the stress of school administrators' ire for taking much-needed vacations. Reducing these two breaks sends the signal that family time is not important. Children are better served in their educational environments as a result of having time out of the classroom with their families, learning about the world and having their families get a chance to offer life-learning experiences while not beholden to often-dizzying school and work schedules. Failing acceptance of a lesson plan submitted by parents taking kids on vacations, or otherwise excusing vacations as excellent reasons for absences, these two weeks of breaks should be kept intact. 2015-10-11 23:00
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A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student My chances he does not have school on Monday the 12 due to Columbus Day is this true 2015-10-12 05:25
A parent of a high school student I do not think the kids need the full week before Easter for their Spring break. Thursday, Friday, and Monday should be sufficient and then we/you can end the school year June 16th. 2015-10-12 06:16
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I think kids should go,to,school Mon and Tues before Thanksgiving. 2015-10-12 06:33
An AACPS employee I would prefer to have Thanksgiving break, and Spring break shortened so that we can get out before June 23. 2015-10-12 06:54
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student As a parent of children whose other parent lives in another state making such a change to the calendar would have an adverse affect on 1 of 2 things. Either our children are not able to go as planned for the normal week long breaks to spend time with their other parent or we take our children out of school where they would fall behind in order for them to spend time with their other parent. I would be forced to take our children out of school and send them to their mothers in order for them to retain a positive relationship rather than have them in this school system where you allow such disrespectful behavior of your student body where my children are disgusted by the lack of structure and enforcement. This topic is not one I care to get into at this time. But as I said for the schedule we are against any further modifications. 2015-10-12 06:57
A parent of an elementary school student June 22nd is too late into the month for the last day of school. I would prefer that the winter and spring breaks be shortened in order to get out of school earlier. Or, have school begin after Labor Day for the 2017-2018 year. 2015-10-12 07:02
An AACPS employee I support starting the school year prior to August 29 so the year can end before June 22. Please do not take away days from spring break. The break is highly anticipated and much needed. 2015-10-12 07:18
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student A calendar that goes until almost mid-summer is unacceptable. Please consider the record number of students leaving the AACPS system for private school and even homeschool. Count us among the defectors next school year. Having two days at Thanksgiving for conferences is a total ruse since "A" students are not offered conferences at all -- they are "student led" and provide little to NO interaction with teachers. Having my own child read from a folder of their own work is silly, especially when your child has good grades. Excellent students are lost in your system. We are planning on leaving next year. Also, I do not appreciate being told by administrators that "we will let you take your child" for a vacation but they will not be allowed to make up work. The system should not need until late June to teach children. Frankly it feels like you are making the calendar so uncomfortable that we will be compliant when year-round school is proposed, which is inevitable at this rate. 2015-10-12 07:40
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Too many teacher in-service days resulting in half days. Training should be done over the summer. Two conference days are adequate. June 26 is too late to be in school. 2015-10-12 07:44
A parent of an elementary school student I am a Kindergarten parent so this is all very new to me. I have some opinions, but first of all let me say I mean no disrespect to anyone. I don't envy your position of creating a school calendar! 1. The last week of school consists of early dismissal for students all week long, and I have HEARD that kids often watch movies all week long. I hate the idea of sending kids to school just so they meet a required number of days of attendance. If stated learning objectives have been met by a certain date, don't fill the rest of the school days with junk just to meet the quota. I know this is likely not a county-level issue, but I encourage you to SPEAK UP about this. 2. School Holidays. I went through the calendar and counted the number of days in which the entire county is closed (students, teachers, and offices). Between the first day of school and the last day of school, I counted 16 days in which schools are closed for everyone. In contrast, I am awarded 8 holidays at my job in the calendar year (which I think is generous). In addition to the 16 days in which the entire county is closed, students and teachers are afforded an additional 7 days off (usually structured around holiday breaks). Students also have 5 days off of school relating to teacher development/grading days, etc. I have not counted the number of early release days for students due to high school exams, conferences, teacher development, etc. I don't want to step on anyone's toes, but this seems a bit excessive to me. Can we somehow consolidate the grading days with some of the mandated holidays? 3. Let's talk about the weather. We live in a litigious society - we can just assume school is going to be cancelled at times when it is likely not necessary. I understand the safety of students and faculty is the utmost priority when considering closings and I completely respect that. But there have been instances in which the entire county has closed while our specific school district was completely unaffected by the weather. I would love to find a solution which allows school days to still be achieved in inclement weather. My first suggestion is to keep schools open more often than not and let the parents decide whether their child should attend school in the weather. Students not able to attend are granted excused absences. Teachers have the ability to provide "enrichment" type lessons to students who are present. Or, is it possible to have "school from home" on school days? Certain employees in the private sector are always instructed to be prepared to "work from home" in the case of inclement weather. Can students be given enrichment assignments to work on from home? Can teachers do their grading/planning work oustide the classroom? 2015-10-12 07:47
An AACPS employee Please take a day from Thanksgiving; a day from Christmas break; a day from Easter break. 2015-10-12 08:04
An AACPS employee No conferences need especially Middle school and High School. With technology, teachers communicate with parents all the time. Most teachers set up conferences on an as needed basis. We do not a week off at Thanksgiving or for Spring Break. We most certainly don't need extra days for spring conferences. 2015-10-12 08:57
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student It is frustrating that instead of focusing on the calendar which ultimately does not matter that much you are not change school start times, which is a much bigger problem and has a much larger impact on our children and their future success. 2015-10-12 09:23
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, Other Please keep the Calendar as tenatively approved for next year. We go away every Thanksgiving and Spring break this is very important Family time! Do not move start date of school earlier! 2015-10-12 09:33
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student yes, please start school earlier, yes, please shorten the thanksgiving holiday and spring break weeks. Please do not add more days off for conferences, with Parent Connect available, parents are able to stay on top of student grades, if they see a problem, they can contact the teacher and schedule an interview. We don't need to inconvenience the entire county for conference days. 2015-10-12 09:33
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student If you must add conference dates to the calendar, think about adding them on Friday and Mondays, not around a holiday. So those who do not need the conference dates, can hopefully use them for vacation weekends. Think about how travel is so expensive around the holiday time, wouldn't it be nice for a major of AACPS family to be able to go away for 3-4 days not around an existing holiday, when travel is more affordable. Many parents can't travel around thanksgiving and spring break because the travel is so expensive. 2015-10-12 09:38
An AACPS employee I wholeheartedly disagree with all these changes! You will continue to lose good teachers and staff if you continue to make policies that do not foster the livelihoods of your employees. Anne Arundel county is the least paid county in the area and any more undue stress put on employees will continue to disintegrate the moral which is already very low. If changes like these are put into place, then step increases and COLAs must be re-established and fully funded. 2015-10-12 09:38
An AACPS employee The students are in school to late in June. There are other ways to change this. Shorten the Thanksgiving and Spring Break to take the days away in June. Why did we used to get out around June 10-12th and now it is almost July before we get out. The learning does not go on in June and it is very hard to keep their attention!! Change the calendar and hear our feedback. 2015-10-12 09:39
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I agree with your goal of having the school year end prior to June 26. Shortening one of the two holiday(Easter, Thanksgiving)breaks is a great idea. You should also consider cutting back on the ridiculous # of Teacher in service days. The half day's because of testing is also a wasted day for many students. It appears that the teacher's union has an outsized vote in many of these decisions. It's unfortunate for our kids but that is the reality. 2015-10-12 12:52
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student - Reducing the Easter/Spring break by one day by removing Monday, April 17, 2017 - Move Professional Development day Jan 30 by to Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. - Move Professional Development day Jan 31 to be performed on the two hour early dismissal day of Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. - January 30 and 31 should be made school days for all students. - Reduce Christmas/Winter Break by one day by letting students attend school on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 This is a reduction of 4 schools days which can be removed from the end of the school year allowing the last day of school to be Friday, June 16, 2017 2015-10-12 13:23
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I would like to keep the holidays the same. School needs to start after Labor Day. We have too many absences the earlier the year starts. If you need to shorten the calendar by taking 2 days from Easter, cut out one day of November conferences, and cut out unnecessary professional development days. These are useless for teachers! 2015-10-12 13:39
An AACPS employee There are only 16 full weeks of instruction uninterrupted by early dismissals, holidays, testing, etc. My teachers and parents tell me that this is very interruptive to instruction. Teachers would rather have a whole day of PD rather than the early dismissals with short classes. Day care and supervision is difficult for the early dismissals. Is it really necessary to have a whole week at Thanksgiving then turn around 3 weeks later for Christmas? Is it possible to have school on the Jewish holidays and just mandate no testing or assignments due, and no required practice or rehearsals sundown to sundown? Kids do much better with consistent structure. Making as many full weeks of instruction with no time changes should be a priority. 2015-10-12 13:42
A parent of a middle school student Please reduce the number of days for Thanksgiving break (2 days only) and spring break (2 days only), and reduce the number of parent conference days so that the students end the school year much earlier. 2015-10-12 13:57
A parent of a middle school student Ever consider a Winter break instead of a Spring Break? It seems all of January & half of Feb. we are out of school due to the high school testing schedule, national holidays and inclement weather. During the Thanksgiving Break, many families travel to see family. If it is shortened most will just keep their kids out so they can visit Grandparents out of state etc. Start school earlier in August. They are ready to get back to a routine by then. By June 26th they will be so fried that they won't pay attention to anything anyway. 2015-10-12 15:44
A parent of an elementary school student I am not in favor of reducing both the Thanksgiving and Spring Break vacations. If this is tied to the possibility of doing away with end of semester exams in favor of quarterly exams then this needs to be made clear to the students and parents. It also needs to be made clear if this is connected to Dr. Arlotto's desire to increase the number of parent/teacher conferences, which I also do not favor. I do not need to schedule another 10 minute meeting with a teacher just to hear what I already know about my child. Visitation agreements for children with more than one home often incorporate splitting school holidays. It is important for children to have time with both families. 2015-10-12 16:51
A parent of a middle school student Ending a school year at the end of June takes away the opportunity of family activities for the summer. Lessen the days of the thanksgiving break and start the school year off the same as previous years. 2015-10-12 17:09
A parent of an elementary school student I would shorten the length of breaks during the year. The summer is short enough!! Do not start any earlier. Please change the days during the school year in order to have the atudents get out earlier! 2015-10-12 17:20
A parent of a middle school student Remove Nov 21, 22, 23 from days off and have just Thurs-Sun for Thanksgiving Break 2015-10-12 17:52
A parent of a middle school student For those of us with family out of state and out of country the school calendar is an important planning tool. Why can't the calendar be the same each year? Making Thanksgiving and Easter breaks is fine. Also,shifting the days in order to have off the Monday after each of these holidays would be awesome! (For those of us who drive far to visit family!) I don't know if three conferences are needed. Virtual teacher conferences would also be appreciated. It is nicer for us to get out earlier in June rather than later. 2015-10-12 18:24
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I would like to take this opportunity to provide general comments and answer to the specific issues brought up on the email. In general, I believe the School Calendar would benefit from a longer summer break by one or two weeks. Kids become very restless and tired by the end of the school year, and going to school deep into June provides challenges for both parents and teachers, not to mention the kids. The school year is very long, broken up by lots of days off and extended breaks, but teachers usually give assignments that are expected to be worked during thanksgiving or spring break. It is difficult for a family with an HS student to do activities as a family with the school year going so deep into June and beginning in the third week in Aug. We have to safe a few buffer days in case it snows a lot; sports begin around Aug 10th -- leaving really only the month of July for family activities. That makes things very tight when we have to fit in potential college visits, vacation, driving lessons, etc. My suggestion is to reduce the number of days off during the school year. For instance: President's day, reduce thanksgiving week conferences to one day, day after Easter, veteran's day, closing school after end of 1st semester. Other school systems manage to get all of the required Maryland days into the calendar but get out earlier in June. Now for the specific questions: 1. starting the school year earlier than the currently planned August 29, 2016, in order to end the year before the currently planned June 26, 2016. Answer: There should not be a reduction in the number of weeks of summer vacation. 2. reducing the Thanksgiving break from five days to a lesser number. Answer: YES PLEASE! Reduce all of it. Conferences are very sparsely attended during the day -- we should schedule them throughout the year as needed. This would allow for the needs of each student to be considered - not to pack them all in one november day. 3. reducing the Easter/Spring break from four days (the Monday through Thursday before Easter) to a lesser number. Answer: YES Please consider removing the "day after Easter" day off. 4. Accommodating three days of parent-teacher conferences, one in each of the first three marking periods. Answer: Please do not make any more additions to the calendar that reduce the number of summer days. 2015-10-12 18:45
A parent of a middle school student On the thanksgiving break: please reduce the number of days. Conferences are not well attended anyway. On Easter Break: reduce the length of the days off to allow for more summer break. On starting the school year earlier - if we take out some of the many holidays and days off and conference days, perhaps we can let school out before June 26 and still go back on Aug 29th. The length of the school calendar in AA is longer than most if not all regional school systems. This is constraining to families and tiring to students. 2015-10-12 18:57
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student Keep conferences in Thanksgiving, no need for more days. Parents always have the right to request ones. Replace finals with quarterly assessments which eliminates the 2 hr early dismissals and semester break. Leave opening in Aug. Reduce Easter break to Thur/Fri/Mon. Reduce Thanksgiving, school Mon, conferences Tue/Wed. No Jewish holidays, use MLK if a emergency closing has already taken place by then, same with Pres. Day. An alternative I would like to propose is to start school in Aug. and be out on Mem. day. Eliminate all the extraneous days off, semester break would occur around Christmas break. 2015-10-12 19:14
A parent of an elementary school student What is vitally important to me is an substantial summer break, of more than 9 weeks, like summer 2015. Ideally since we insist on starting in August, we would then get out in very early June. (I can handle a late June dismissal if we start later.) I noticed that they are slated to get both Dec 23 and Jan 2 off, which are normally school days. Can't we go to school like usual those days? Spring break could definitely be shorter. Plus, what is going to happen with all those early release days when they accept quarterly assessments? Can we get those afternoons back in school and shave some days off that way? (Unless the teachers are required to grade the quarterly assessments, then they need that time.) I'm good with three parent conference days. As I previously stated, what is most important to me is that the kids get a real summer break. At least 10, maybe even 11 weeks of break from school. 2015-10-12 19:54
A parent of an elementary school student No need for 3 conferences; too many holidays and early release days built in already; lengthen the school day to get done what needs to be done; shorten Thanksgiving and Spring Break as needed; build in more snow days to avoid later anger over schedule changes 2015-10-12 20:10
A parent of an elementary school student No need for 3 conferences; too many holidays and early release days built in already; lengthen the school day to get done what needs to be done; shorten Thanksgiving and Spring Break as needed; build in more snow days to avoid later anger over schedule changes 2015-10-12 20:10
A parent of an elementary school student Please do not start the school year any earlier than August 29. After labor Day would be preferred for may reasons, including family income and educational cohesiveness. The two week period in Jnauary, though, is waht needs the most change. Forcing all elementary and middle cschoolers to endure what amounts to two weeks of lost education because of the high school exams is absurd. It occurs too soon after the (way too short) winter break and too close to the PARCC exams. It is incredibly disruptive to student education and family schedules and basically leads to two lost weeks of education opportunities. There has to be a better way to administer these exams so they do not completely disrupt the elementary and middle school students - either offer them directly after January 1 and keep elem and middle schools closed for that week, or find a way to offer them so that the elem and middle school students do not have ghalf days (or close elem and middle schools for those half days and give them a winter break - educationally, that is what they are getting anyway and families can plan vacations around it so as to offset childcare losses, etc.). In general, please take into account the families. Thank you. 2015-10-12 21:52
A parent of a middle school student In favor of cutting Thanksgiving break to 3 days, Wed - Fri, with conferences on Wed. I do not believe additional conference days are necessary. Not in favor of shortening spring break. In favor of starting the school year earlier in order to end earlier. 2015-10-12 21:52
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student I would prefer to have fewer holidays off throughout the year and be able to end the year earlier. I also believe it would be beneficial to start after the Labor Day weekend. 2015-10-12 21:58
An AACPS employee No to starting earlier in August. Time with family in the summer is too short already. I think decreasing the number of days off at Thanksgiving is a great idea. Conferences at each marking period will not prove to be beneficial at our school. Conference participation now is very low. 2015-10-12 23:47
An AACPS employee Implement quarterly assessments. two early dismissal days per end of marking period for grades, etc. Reduce Easter Break to former break several years ago: Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday. 2015-10-13 05:12
An AACPS employee Reduce thanksgiving break to two days(Thurs and Fri), reduce EAster break to four days, schedule day of conferences Friday before each of the first three marking period report card distribution days, start school so that we don't have to look past about June 15. 2015-10-13 05:17
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student - I prefer that school start during the week of Aug. 29th - I would not reduce the Thanksgiving or Easter breaks more than 1 day, but prefer the full week for potential off-season family travel - I am for parent/teacher conference dates unless school year must be extended into the summer as a result. If no conference dates are added, there should be other options for parents to meet with teachers. Thank you for considering my input! 2015-10-13 07:48
An AACPS employee, A parent of a high school student The June 26 end date is way too late in the month. As an employee working with children, all students are pretty well done with learning the first week in June. Other school systems end early June as AACPS can do the same. 2015-10-13 07:50
An AACPS employee Begin school year on Aug 22 Reduce Thanksgiving Break to 3 days, make Monday and Tuesday (11/21/16 &11/22/16) full school days for teachers and students/ Keep spring break at its current length Include conferences, at the very least in MP1 & MP3. Schedule the days from noon - 7 pm to accommodate working parents. 2015-10-13 11:37
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student Please do not change the week long Spring Break. I find that students need a longer break between January and June. The 3 days off around Easter weekend of the past just did not give enough of a mental break for students or teachers. If a break is to be reduced, I recommend Thanksgiving. With Christmas so soon to follow, we don't need such a long break then. Maybe move the conference days to the week before and have students in school prior to Thanksgiving. I absolutely don't support moving the school year earlier. I think moving it later (only 1 week before Labor Day) was the right decision. Allow the children to have summer. If we get rid of the semester exams, we could gain student days by eliminating the teacher days in January. Eliminating those early dismissal days will also greatly help the flow of instruction at the elementary and middles school levels. 2015-10-13 11:58
An AACPS employee We have always started around 8/25/15. Most people take a Spring Holiday so we need to have that extra time off. Also a lot of people travel during the Thanksgiving holiday. 2015-10-13 13:15
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student I believe the start and end time should remain the same. Nothing is wrong with the times. Elementary kids are not going to wake up that early. If there has to be a change I would rather all times just move 30 min later. That would be the least disruptive. 2015-10-13 14:41
A parent of a high school student I believe the school year should be shorter with fewer breaks suing the year. The breaks are disruptive during the time students are learning, and the longer summer break would allow for the other forms of learning that occur outside of school. -Teacher development days could occur before or after the school year. -A full week for Thanksgiving is unnecessary -A full week for spring break is unnecessary, but would be the last place I would add to the calendar -I question the days off for Jewish holidays. Is there that large of a percentage of students that observe these holidays? -Annapolis High School does touch base conferences which are sufficient for most parents and teachers. 2015-10-13 14:51
An AACPS employee I'm all for reducing the spring break. I do not want to start school earlier in August. I do not want 3 days of conferences, some of my students I would not have anything to say! 2015-10-13 14:57
A parent of a high school student I prefer for things to stay as is since my student will be a senior next year. Only one more year to go. 2015-10-13 20:04
An AACPS student   2015-10-14 01:16
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student It goes to late with too many one day off's in the middle of the week. Reduce the wasted days off and get out by the end of the first week of June. That is the latest we have had to attend any school since we started school but have moved with the military to many states. 2015-10-14 07:34
A parent of an elementary school student Yes, please begin the year earlier than 8/29 to get the kids out before late June. We are accustomed to this schedule. School days should not be assigned for parent conferences. Students should attend "early-dismissal days," then conferences should be held in the afternoons. Most current parent-teacher conferences occur during the afternoon or after-work hours (after 1 pm). It does not make sense to sacrifice an entire school day for afternoon conferences. Teachers should be able to reasonably accommodate 5-7 conferences each afternoon. 2015-10-14 08:14
An AACPS employee Take away days from Thanksgiving and Spring Break. 2015-10-14 11:16
A parent of an elementary school student Shorten Thanksgiving break but not Spring Break. 2015-10-14 13:00
An AACPS employee For conferences, why have a whole day off for kids? Instead, we could have 2 early release days in a row, one being a long day for conferences into the early evening, the other teachers leave when students do to balance the hours. It would save days off that cause the year to go so long. Also, having school the Mon and Tues of Thanksgiving week would be reasonable. It still allows for travel and preparations at home on Wed for staff and students. 2015-10-14 15:02
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student 2015-10-15 07:14
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student 2015-10-15 07:15
An AACPS employee Don't need week long breaks. Off on Wed-Friday fine 2015-10-15 13:06
A parent of a middle school student We do not like AT ALL the proposal to cut some of the longer vacation such as Thanksgiving & Spring Break since they are the only long stretches of time off apart from summer break when our family can take long-haul trips (we have family outside the US, we cannot take all our family vacation in the summer, and it's nice to have breaks throughout the year to accommodate different types of trips depending on season and destination). In addition, many early dismissal & random days have been added to the calendar over the last few years, & it's inconvenient for working parents. Teachers should be able to do training in the summer months when all corporate workers are NOT off. There is no need to add more conference time, as teachers can be available to meet with an appointment during the year or contacted via phone/e-mails (we never had any problems connecting with a teacher when needed). Leave the calendar alone. Start later in the summer, cut all the random days off, and finish school in early June. It's too long of a school year even if has the same # of schools days. Intermittent days off do not provide a real break for kids or families. 2015-10-16 05:48
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student It would be a good idea to take away from Thanksgiving and Spring Break in order to shorten the school year. Going until June 26th is absolutely ridiculous, we might as well be a year round school at that point, but without the added benefits of it. 2015-10-16 05:51
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student I would much rather have the extra week of summer and start schools as planned. I think shortening the Thanksgiving and Spring breaks would be a better idea. 2015-10-16 16:34
An AACPS employee, A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a high school student If you reduce the amount of days off for Thanksgiving and Spring break it would cut found on the days into June. Also I do not see the need for semester conference days - Parents have not been attending student lead conferences - These days will not be very productive. 2015-10-16 17:58
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student Please do not take days away from the Easter/Spring Break. For many families it is the only time during the school year that is long enough for families to enjoy a cultural trip abroad, which our family believes is also an important educational experience. Thanksgiving does not lend itself to this type of travel due to parent/teacher conferences, nor does Christmas, because it is typically time to be celebrating with family at home. In our case, we have been planning and saving for a trip abroad for Easter/Spring Break of 2017 for many months. It is very important to us that we not take our children out of school for a trip. Their education is of the utmost importance to us, and we know that if they miss even one day of school, it will be a detriment to them. I realize that others may be able to take longer trips in the summer when children are not in school, but for many reasons, that is not the case for all. I know you have many other factors to consider, but I hope you do not change the Easter/Spring Break schedule for 2017. Thank you for all the hard work you do for the AACPS. 2015-10-17 10:42
A parent of an elementary school student Please remove all of the days off in the year so the kids can start after labor day and get out no later than June 9th. They need a summer! 2015-10-17 21:09
A parent of a high school student I do not want the Thanksgiving holiday shortened. Our family is unable to see extended family over the Christmas holiday and this is the only time of the year we can spend family time. A child's years 0 -18 should be made up of more than just school, family matters. 2015-10-20 21:25
A parent of a middle school student, A parent of a high school student No value in moving conference dates from Nov to Oct - keep at Thanksgiving week! Don't see the need for additional conference days. What percent of people participate as it is? Rather than mid year conference, implement another back to school night at high school level since teachers and classes change. Do not start any earlier in August - look to start after Labor Day. Start on a Tues or Wed - too hard for children to start the school year on a Monday. Far too many early dismissal days - they don't seem productive and create disruptive patten. Still question why seniors can complete their school year 2 weeks (or more) earlier than all other students - if that's doable, why is it not doable for all? (Seniors are in classes with underclassmen - how is it possible that the same class is over for some kids but not all?) 2015-10-21 05:41
An AACPS student That's a horrible idea. Giving people less time to spend to celebrate the holidays with family will only anger people and worsen the moral of school. 2015-10-24 15:35
A parent of an elementary school student Take away all of the 2 hour early dismissals. Take some of the random days off during the year (there are too many) and shorten spring break so that school can get out earlier in June and start later. It makes it so difficult to be a working parent. 2015-10-25 19:17
A parent of an elementary school student Having only a limited time during the Winter/Christmas break is detrimental to children spending time with their extended families that live in other states. As it is, we always have to pull our children from school so that they miss 3-4 days of school during this time. This is so that we can maximize the time spent with extended family as we travel to another state. We feel that this is equally as important as school. I would recommend shortening the time off around Easter and Thanksgiving and giving those days to winter break. Also, last year the elementary students had no homework and were not assessed during the final week or two of school. This begs the question as to why they are going to school if they are not really learning anything. 2015-10-26 08:44
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An AACPS employee I will be on vacation 8/13-8/20. I already paid for the vacation, so I guess I will be missing the first four teacher workdays if school starts earlier. 2015-11-06 07:44
An AACPS employee   2015-11-08 07:02
A parent of a high school student Reduce the Thanksgiving break to just Wednesday through Friday, and reduce Spring break to just Good Friday the Monday following Easter. Get rid of some of the other days off as well, and perhaps go to an early dismissal for teacher training versus a whole day if that can suffice for the teachers. 2015-11-12 07:07
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A parent of a high school student, A parent of a special school student School year should start no earlier than one week before Labor Day. 2015-11-13 18:35
A parent of a middle school student Many families travel during Thanksgiving break, I strongly feel the Thanksgiving break should stay 5 days. 2015-11-15 04:45
A parent of an elementary school student, A parent of a middle school student DO NOT ADOPT the draft calendar! The proposed changes to the calendar is TERRIBLE and very unfriendly to working families! Taking days away from the Thanksgiving and Easter breaks, and instead putting "Teacher days" in October, Dec., etc, is very difficult for working parents to make child care arrangements. There is no reason for these additional teacher days-- there is NOTHING to discuss so early in the school year as October. Removing those Thanksgiving and Easter days also makes it difficult for families to travel and to celebrate religious services. IF adopted, we will be forced to DEFY the school calendar and pull our three children OUT OF SCHOOL in order to travel to be with distant family for the holidays and religious services. Many others will also be forced into such "civil disobedience." Also, why start TWO WEEKS before Labor Day? This schedule is way out of line with those of neighboring school districts. Calvert County does not start back until after Labor Day. School Districts in Northern Virginia also return after Labor Day, but still end the school year in mid June. Please keep a calendar consistent with the current one! As a tenured professor and educator for 25 years, I see no valid educational reasons that would help STUDENTS for these changes. As a parent, these changes are DISASTROUS for work and family schedules! 2015-11-16 16:38
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