School district opens calendar survey
January 20, 2016
School officials are seeking public input on whether to change the attendance calendars.
A survey on the Douglas County School District's website will remain open until 5 p.m. Tuesday.
In the survey, residents are asked whether they prefer a traditional calendar or a balanced calendar.
The main difference between the two calendars would be an 11-week summer break with a traditional calendar and a 9-week break with a balanced calendar.
Superintendent Teri White said both are similar to the calendar used by the Washoe County School District. Both calendars include 180 days of overall instruction.
The district conducts a cyclical review of the calendar and this is the year it is up for review, she added.
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"The survey also asks responders to indicate priorities such as ending the semester before the winter break and providing intervention support to students throughout the year" White noted. "There is an open response for folks to provide any other feedback the board might use to make a decision."
White said she hopes to present survey results to trustees at their Feb. 9 meeting.
Douglas County's school calendars have undergone several iterations over the last 20 years, going from a year-around system in the early 1990s, to a more traditional calendar in 2002.
For a brief time around 2000, the schools were on a six-week summer break.