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Please answer the official CPS survey about a unified school calendar

CPS is looking to have one unified calendar which makes sense.  And doesn’t make sense.  Doing “what’s best” in a giant district can be difficult.  I haven’t gone through the whole survey yet since I need to dig up my son’s student ID number (is there a non-painless tattoo they could put on the kids?)   At some point do they lay out what the 2 full calendar options are?  I see in question 8 they’re offering the choice of a 2-week winter break plus 3 other one-week breaks.  But they don’t also specify that this would likely include a shorter summer break, correct?  Are the choices Track E or Track R? Or some possibly new combination?

If you have a preference, what is it?  I’m curious to see what people think about it.  I fully acknowledge that a 3 month summer break likely sets kids back in term of learning, but it’s hard to let go of that institution for some reason. I feel like as adults we so rarely get a nice chunk of time away from work – why start pushing this continuous working/learning ethic on our kids?

4. I prefer a school calendar that:

Starts in mid-August and ends in late May/Early June
Starts in late August and ends in mid-June
Starts in September – after Labor Day and ends in Mid June/Late June
No preference
Other (please specify)
5. Teacher professional development days are required to take place throughout the school year. Students are not in school on these days. Do you prefer full-day teacher professional development days or half-day professional development days? (Please choose one)
All full days
All half days
A mixture of half days and full days
No preference
Intersessions are vacation breaks during the school year during which schools may offer activities for students who need extra academic support and/or enrichment. If CPS were to incorporate any intersessions, they would be one week long, excluding the winter holiday, which is two weeks. Please share your thoughts below on when the one-week intersession(s) should take place:
6. The school calendar should only include a winter holiday break of two weeks and an April break of one week.
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
7. The school calendar should include two one-week intersessions (in October and April) plus the winter holiday of two weeks.
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
8. The school calendar should include three one-week intersessions (in October, February and April) plus the winter holiday of two weeks.
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

Survey Links: CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union have begun developing a unified school calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. This calendar will eliminate multiple track schedules, giving students across the District the same start and end dates and days off. This will be of great benefit to families who currently have students enrolled in both Track E and Track R schools. In order to fully engage the community on the development of the new calendar, we are asking parents and students for their feedback so that what results is a unified schedule that is in the best interest of all CPS families.

Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey to help inform our decisions as we work to develop a single-track calendar that is in the best interest of our children. Please complete the survey by January 11, 2013. Click here for the survey in English. Click here for the survey in Polish. Click here for the survey in Spanish. Click here for the survey in Chinese.

Note: You must input your child’s student ID number in order to complete the survey. Your child’s student ID number can be found on all CPS progress reports and student report cards or by visiting the Manage Students page in the CPS Parent Portal accessible through CPS.edu. Parents of high school students can also find their student’s ID number on their child’s identification card. If parents are unable to find their child’s ID number, your principal can provide you with that information.

December 19, 2012 at 11:50 am 132 comments


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