The district’s calendar committee, which included teachers, principals and administrators, created the traditional and balanced calendar options with 180 school days for the students and an additional 10 days – nine work days and four two-hour conference nights – for teachers.
In the traditional calendar, the school year takes place Aug. 12 to May 23. The school system has historically adopted the traditional calendar model.
In the balanced calendar, the school year runs from Aug. 5 to May 29 but has an additional week of vacation in each semester. Districts like Rockdale County Public Schools and the City Schools of Decatur are using balanced calendars.
The district also is considering a weekly one-hour early release to allow for professional development for all teachers and administrators.
The calendars are available for public comment through Sept. 26 at www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/calendar. Residents also can participate in a brief survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013-2014schoolcalendarsurvey.