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D50 Proposed Calendar Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Has the district decided to implement this calendar? No. The proposed calendar has not been approved by the Board of Trustees or S.C. Department of Education. 

 

 

  • Why is the district looking at this proposed calendar? This calendar offers students who need remediation this opportunity to receive it year round. With this calendar, students would no longer have to wait until the end of the year to get caught up with their academics.  

 

 

  • In the proposed calendar how many days will students go to school? Students will go to school 180 days in this calendar. 

 

  • How many days must teachers work? Teachers will work 190 days in this calendar. 

 

  • When will the school year start and end with this calendar? The school year will start on July 23rd and the end of June 4th. 

 

 

  • Will students and staff still have holidays? (Labor Day, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, etc.) Yes, students and staff will still have traditional holidays off with this calendar. 

 

  • How many weeks will students be out of school during the summer? Students will be out of school between 6-7 weeks depending on the start date in the calendar. 

 

  • What is the Biggest Negative? The biggest negative is that the district has not always operated under this calendar. 

 

 

  • Who has to come to remediation? Students who are behind and need assistance catching up in their academics. 

 

  • How does this calendar affect dual enrollment students? All of District 50’s dual enrollment students already follow the schedule of the college they are attending. This would not change with this calendar. All of our students have the option to take AP classes at our schools which have the same weighting as Dual Enrollment.
  • My family has already planned a vacation for next year when the school year begins. How will pre-planned vacations be handled? The district realizes there will be a need to be flexible with pre-planned vacations in the first year. The district will have a week at the end of September and the first week of October that will allow students to make up time that may have been missed. 

 

  • What about childcare? The district has shared the calendar with local childcare providers. Childcare providers will adjust to the calendar in an effort to make money.

 

 

  • What about families with custody issues? We don’t have an answer for this. If parents can’t work out a schedule that is best for their children, it is a true negative.

 

  • What does the data say to support this calendar? You can find support for either side. Our district is considering this calendar because it is what’s best for our students. 
  • How does the calendar impact Athletics and/or band? Athletic and/or band teams have year round activities and events during non school days now and will adjust accordingly. 
  • What about the food service program? The food service program will still be in place with this calendar. 

 

  • Can students earn high school credits during the intercessions/remediation periods? Yes, students would have the opportunity to earn credits during these periods.

 

 

  • Are there other school districts in our state who use this type of calendar? McCormick is the only school district in the state currently using this model. A few other districts in the state have a school on this type of calendar and the rest are on a traditional schedule.

 

 

  • How will it affect AP testing? AP Testing starts the first week in May and this schedule has the same number of instructional days before the test.

 

 

  •  When should we start the new calendar 2020-2021 or 2021-2022? The district has mixed emotions about this. We will have issues any year we start, and if it’s best for our students, why should we wait? 

 

  • How does this calendar affect teacher recruitment, retention, and morale? The district has found support for both sides. The district’s preliminary survey shows our teachers are overwhelmingly in favor of the change and the same goes for teachers in other districts.