What's your preference?

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What's your preference?
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Wed, 07-05-2006 - 2:15pm

It's July! Some of you just finished your school year a few weeks ago. Some of you will return to school in a few weeks. If you could design the ideal calendar and daily schedule, what would it be? Keep in mind you have to obey the law for days and length of the day, honor reasonable holidays, and allow for breaks and conferences. We do need to be professional and keep the best interests of everyone in mind!!! When would you start? When would you finish? And.... what would you plan in between? Can you share your thoughts and opinions?


Sherry

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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 12:34am

I think ours is just fine.

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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 9:46am

I completely agree--I do not mind our start/stop times (this year, first day is Aug 7, last day for teachers is May 21, a week before Mem. Day). I don't mind the time our school takes in & lets out, but I'm in the absolute minority there (I leave before Aly even wakes up, but I'm home before she gets home and I'm 40 minutes away.)

The only thing I'd change is some of the days off. We used to always get 2 full weeks for Christmas, but this year we only get 10 days (we're starting the school year 2 days later). I'd also like to have Wednesday off for Mardi Gras--you can take your day in October back (personal reasons, of course..good time for Disney).

My biggest problem with last year's schedule was that we, the teachers, had to go back on Jan 2. We have to go back this year on Jan 2, too, but I'm not as upset over it. The reason I was upset last year is because Jan 1 was a Sunday, so almost EVERYBODY had Jan 2 off, but the TEACHERS had to go back. Wasn't fair. This year, I don't mind because everybody has to go back..lol.

Alysha


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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 12:28pm

That's the norm around here too. Teachers and parents don't really like the mid-August start, but I don't see it changing

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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 2:50pm

I like it the current way. Our first day for students is usually the August 7. It ends in late May. I read headlines a couple times that we won't be able to continue that though. There was something about schools (in Florida)


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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 5:03pm

Congratulations on the twins! I have a friend with triplets. Two I think are manageable, three...well I don't see how she does it. They are 7 months, go to day care and she works full time. I can't imagine what it's like getting them ready in the morning!


Why would Florida want to change the calendar? In my area schools on alternative calendards start around August 1, or a little earlier. Everyone else is mid-August. They do that to end the first semester before Christmas.


Sherry

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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 5:14pm

Yeah, the January 2nd thing happened to several around here too. It sure made traveling and holiday parties a problem for many people. We went back on the 3rd, but the students started on the 7th.


We just went back on state-wide daylight savings time in April. Most of the state didn't observe it for the last 30 years or so. I'm in the central time zone, and did have daylight

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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 6:33pm
Going back to teaching this year after a long hiatus. My old schedule was to get out mid May and start back mid August, school from 8:30 to 3pm. I liked that schedule ok. Here, it's school start late July, out in early June, and several extra breaks during the year (3 for Christmas, 2 for Easter, 1 in fall, and random days and holidays spread out). I liked this schedule as a parent, and I think I'll like it as a teacher too. We'll see, I guess ;) I like it because it's not quite year round, but almost, so I feel like the kids will hopefully retain more info and get into the school year schedule a bit easier. Oh, and it's 8:30-2:30 4 days a week, and 8:30 to 1:30 on Wed.
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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 8:22pm

Why do you get out early on Wednesday?


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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 9:32pm

Thanks for the congrats. :)


We also get out early about every other Wednesday for training at our schools. Regular hours are 8:30 - 3:00, early release days are 1:45. It's okay. I know it's hassle for 4th and 5th grade because they are departmentalized and it throws off their schedule. The training itself can be okay. Nothing seems to affect (or is it effect) Kindergarten and especially not ESE Kindergarten. My kids pretty much don't count, except for our income. But I think we still need to know what's going on with the older kids and our school grade.



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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 10:59pm

That is nuts!

The teachers have to be at school at 6:50 for duty mornings and it is daylight by then (year-round), but our carpool always got there before 6:45 and somedays we were just pushing daylight in those winter months. But getting out at 2:15 was always great.

Alysha


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