Pleasanton School Board Approves Calendar Change for 2015-16 School Year

At the June 17th school board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the Modified Lite student instructional calendar beginning with the 2015-16 school year.  

In approving the calendar, the Board also directed staff to work with our employee groups to discuss the possibility of a transition plan for the first year (2015-16) of the new "Modified Lite" calendar format that would start school slightly later that year in order to facilitate the transition to the new calendar.  

Related article: School District Asking for Parent Input for Possible Change to Instructional Calendar

Acting on this recommendation, we have worked with our employee groups on a transition plan that year one (15-16) will resemble the Early Start/Early Finish model without a break in October and with school starting the week of August 10th.

For the 2016-2017 school year, the calendar would be Modified Lite with a one-week break in October. 

School year 2014-15
Start: August 25, 2014
End: June 12, 2015
Breaks: Thanksgiving: Nov 24-28, 2014 Winter Break: Dec 22 – Jan 2, 2015 Spring Break: March 30-April 3, 2015 

School year 2015-16
Start: August 11, 2015
End: May 27, 2016
Breaks: Thanksgiving: Nov 23-27, 2015* Winter Break: Dec 22 – Jan 1, 2016* Spring Break: April 4-8, 2016* 

School year 2016-17
Start: August 9, 2016*
End: June 2, 2017*
Breaks: Fall: Oct 10-14, 2016* Thanksgiving: Nov 21-25, 2016* Winter Break: Dec 26 – Jan 6, 2017* Spring Break: April 3-7, 2017* 

*Subject to final approval with the goal to have dates available for Board approval at or near the start of the 2014-15 school year.  

The calendar committee will convene in August to develop final versions of the Instructional Calendar that would include Staff Development Days, Teacher Work Days, Conferences, At-Risk Meetings, Minimum Days, and major holidays. 

—Information submitted by Pleasanton Unified School District

What do you think about the new instructional calendars? Tell us in the comments.
ptown momma June 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM
I personally am for the shorter summer, with breaks inbetween to regroup. however, seeing that this new calendar do not really make that big of a differance, why change it at all..... I listen to all the teachers talk about how when the kids come back in late August they have forgotten everything and struggle, and they spend the first 2 months re-teaching what they learned last year..... seems more prodcutive to not have to re-teach, I would rather see a shorter (more than one week) summer to help them along, AND yes, I read and do workbooks with my children everyday to make that transition to the next school year eaiser.
Shadow June 27, 2014 at 11:51 AM
I am so disappointed with the Trustees vote and decision to move the school calendar to the Modified Lite option. It's so disheartening the blatant disregard the Trustees have for the parents preferences and desires. The Teachers Union is placed ahead of our kids and is more valued by the Trustees and Superintendent. Its shameful. Pleasanton USD is spiraling down and out of control making it a less desirable school district . Don't the Trustees and Superintendent realize the parents of Pleasanton will talk to other families outside of our community (San Ramon, Dublin, Livermore, etc.) and tell of this horrid decision? The board and superintendent are operating in a vacuum. When it's time for re-election, you can be sure that I'll be going to the polls and voting out the current Trustees.
Monika June 27, 2014 at 02:16 PM
I'm happy with that choice comparing to other proposed, although additional week off in October doesn't really make that much sense in my view since soon after we have Thanksgiving. I'd rather see winter or spring break extended to make it more flexible for eventual travel. Also seeing how much time kids take after the short 1 week breaks to readjust back to school schedule I don't think adding one week between summer and thanksgiving give them a benefit rather than knock them off the track again... I didn't like the idea of shorter summer initially, but since it's just one week I don't believe it makes such a huge difference on vacation plans, reunions etc.
Jen A. June 27, 2014 at 03:19 PM
I am happy the schedule has changed but I would have preferred a more modified version than just one week difference as well. I think the board did this as a happy medium between those on board and those not.
Rachel Harold July 08, 2014 at 10:27 AM
I don't get it and I work for the district! It was NOT done for the because the teachers wanted it. This is something the board decided on. In 2012/13 year the teachers where I work did a paper survey on this and I think 1 teacher voted to change the school year. I can't believe that that many of them changed their minds in a year. I guess we will just have to wait and see if this is better. Other districts have done this and then gone back so ...so can we.


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