Decatur Schools wants feedback on calendars

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 9, 2014
A city schools of Decatur bus. Illustration. Photo from CSD Facebook page.

A city schools of Decatur bus. Illustration. Photo from CSD Facebook page.

City Schools of Decatur has postponed approving its calendar for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years to give parents more time to comment.

The School Board tabled approving the calendar for 30 days at its July 8 meeting.

“I know that, believe it or not, people are out there making their plans well in advance,” Superintendent Phyllis Edwards said.

There were several days missed in the 2013-2014 school year due to snow. The Calendar Committee recommended adding four days during the February break in the 2014-2015 school year as makeup days.

The recommended makeup days are:

February 16, 2015
February 17, 2015
February 18, 2015
February 19, 2015

To see the proposed 2015-2016 calendar, click here.

To see the proposed 2016-2017 calendar, click here.

People who have feedback can email it to Be sure to put “calendars” in the subject line.

The deadline for comments is Aug. 7.

A notice from CSD says the Calendar Committee, “seeks to create balanced semester schedules” of 90 days per semester.

School begins on Aug. 4.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Dan. I hope you know by now that I think the world of your efforts to provide Decatur and surrounding communities with real news about our neighborhoods and that you seem to be a good reporter and a very nice man BUT to say that CSD wants feedback on the calendar is disingenuous on the part of the school system (I hope I used the word disingenuous correctly. I can’t wait to use the phrase “Potemkin Village” in a future post). The calendar that we use today was not supported by parents eight years ago when first adopted and I’m willing to bet that most parents still oppose it. The calendar was not devised for parents but for teachers, particularly young teachers who complained about burnout and lack of time with their family. The calendar also addressed the number of sick days that teachers took during certain times of the school year. Most teachers love the calendar and along with some parents that can afford to take multiple vacations throughout the year, it allows them to live a lifestyle that most of us cannot afford.
    So I want to suggest another headline: “School calendar set for next several years but feel free to vent”. If this reminds you of the input requested by the city on the tree ordinance, well it’s part of the same process.

    • Parent

      Completely agree that any feedback provided is more likely to be a vent than influence anything. On the other hand, if there was a huge groundswell of opposition and lots of calls to School Board members, stranger things have happened….
      But as you say, families that can afford off-season vacations, in terms of price and time, love this calendar when their children are young. But when they get older, they’ll find that they probably have to stay in town anyway, for dance recitals, mandatory sports practices and games, jobs, etc. Then the September break gets useful again for college tours in Junior and Senior year of DHS. Many single parent and two-job families find this schedule tough. September is a busy time for most jobs. Some teachers with children in other school systems with different calendars also find this schedule rough.

  • Stepmama

    I understand the problems, but the calendar is great for kids who have a parent living in another state — good visits throughout the year.

    • Parent

      IF that parent can get off of work at a time of year when many workplaces are busy…

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