The District's Calendar Committee on Thursday recommended calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years that call for starting school in mid-August and moving first semester exams before winter break.
The recommendation follows extensive feedback from staff, students, current and future parents and community members in an online survey and four public listening sessions. Those who weighed in overwhelmingly agreed students should start school earlier in August and take finals ahead of the winter holidays.
The committee also will investigate starting the school day a little later, between approximately 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
, and ending between approximately 3:15 p.m. and3:45 p.m.
for all schools beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.
The committee also recommended moving parent-teacher conferences from first to second semester, and adding a morning parent-teacher conference time for parents who may work or have other commitments in the evening.
Spring Break will continue to take place during the last full week in March and the school year will finish with final exams for underclassmen the week after Memorial Day weekend. As part of the recommendation, graduation would continue to occur the weekend prior to the school year ending.
The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the recommendations at its January 28
meeting. To view the proposed academic calendars for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, click here
Superintendent David Schuler informed the Board that longtime Board member Bill Dussling will receive the Legislative Award this month from the Illinois Music Education Association.
The Legislative Award is awarded to a state legislator, United States legislator, or other member of local, state or federal government who is deserving of special recognition for outstanding service to music and music education. Dussling was nominated by more than half a dozen District 214 fine arts teachers for his dedication to and support of music education.
Dussling will be honored Thursday, January 28 in Peoria at the Illinois Music Education Conference.