DCPS Calendar for School Year 2009-2010 

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School Calendar Overview

The official calendar for the 2009-2010 school year accompanies this overview. This 2009-2010 school calendar reflects consideration of broad feedback on the Board of Education-created calendars for the previous two school years as well as significant input on the discussion draft of the 2009-2010 calendar posted in April.

More than 200 parents, teachers, support staff and administrators as well as members of the DC Council provided responses and suggestions online, by phone, or in a community meeting that took place on April 23, 2009.

After reviewing the feedback, significant changes were made to the draft, reflecting public advice about maintaining the flow of the week, the need for childcare and educational activities, as well as the need for more teacher professional development.

This final calendar takes into consideration public commentary and, to the fullest extent possible, balances the interests and needs of children, parents, and teachers. The new calendar has 178 regular full instructional days plus four half-days to make 180 total student days as required by DC Municipal Regulations Title V, Chapter 3. It also includes Emancipation Day, recognized as a city holiday in 2010.

Highlights from the 2009-2010 School Calendar

More support for teachers
The total of 10 professional development days for teachers is an increase of two days over last year, and arranged more productively for teachers. 

In 2008-2009: eight professional development days in all--four in August, two during winter break, two in June. In 2009-2010: 10 professional development days in all--five in August before school starts, and five spread over the school year. 

Working in grade level or content teams, these days allow teachers to collaborate, to reflect on student progress data, to share effective teaching practices, and to plan for instruction.

More convenient scheduling for families

- The five professional development days when students are not in school are now scheduled on Fridays. In January and February, these days are tied to Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day holidays, respectively; in October, the half-day Records Day precedes the professional development day.

- Three parent-teacher conference days have been moved to Monday (in December, March, and May from noon until 7 pm). The fourth, previously scheduled in October, has been shifted to Back-to-School Night; these nights are scheduled by individual schools, and take place during late September and early October.

Unprecedented support for working parents from the Department of Parks and Recreation

- The Department of Parks and Recreation is working to create well-supervised, educational and recreational activities--many at school site--for preK-12 students during the teacher professional development days when children are out of school: September 18, October 30, January 15, February 12, and March 19.

- DPR will make these programming options available to parents by the close of the current school year.


Information About 2010-2011 School Calendar

August 23, 2010 is the first day of school for the 2010-2011 school year.

View final calendar for school year 2010-2011.

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