Board Approves Calendar with August 24 Start Date
The Waukee Board of Education approved an amended 2015-16 school calendar at the April 13 meeting. The District will start school on Monday, August 24, 2015 and the last day of school is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016. The Board voted to move Spring Break to align with other metro schools.
Iowa school districts were notified in December of 2014 that the Iowa Department of Education would stop granting automatic waivers to school districts seeking to start classes earlier in the summer. On April 10, Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill that says Iowa schools can start the academic year no earlier than August 23. The previous law stated that districts must start school no earlier than the calendar week that includes September 1.
Due to the mandated school start date, the approved WEA calendar recommendation did not include some of the features which the Calendar Committee regards as optimal for student learning, such as a mid-week school start, ending Semester 1 prior to Winter Break, sufficient time for students to prepare for AP exams during Semester 2 and flexible Teacher Work Days to benefit teacher needs at all levels. However, the approved calendar is designed to best facilitate student learning under the constraints of the imposed start date conditions.
2015-16 School Calendar:
Please note conference dates are NOT final. View approved calendar here.
|Calendar Component||Proposed Date(s)||Rationale|
|School Start Date||Monday, August 24, 2015||If the State Department of Education or the Iowa Legislature permits, the WEA committee suggests a Monday, August 24 start. This allows some additional days for high school students to prepare for AP exams in May and allows school to end closer to Memorial Day.|
|Winter Break||Thur., Dec 24, 2015 through Fri., Jan. 1, 2016. Classes resume Mon., Jan. 4, 2016.||Students would be on break from Dec. 24, 2015 through Jan. 1, 2016. Classes would resume on Jan. 4 and the second semester would start on Jan. 8, 2016.|
|Spring Break||March 14-18||Spring Break week would be placed March 14 to March 18, to align with other metro schools. Final exams and quarter 3 will end after Spring Break.|
|Fall Conferences||To be determined||Waukee Middle School, South Middle School, Prairieview and Timberline will schedule conferences on two evenings for the Fall and Spring semesters. Waukee High School will continue to schedule one conference evening per quarter. During their conference weeks in November and in March, elementary teachers will schedule individual conferences to fit parent schedules, but will have one common evening time and common time on an early dismissal day.|
|Spring Conferences||To be determined||A format similar as fall conferences would occur with spring conferences.|
|Teacher Work Days||Work Days for all staff:
||The Committee has placed only two Teacher Work Days during the school year in an effort to benefit student learning by facilitating end of quarter and semester dates and a school end date prior to Memorial Day.|
|Teacher Quality Professional Day||Mon., August 17, 2015||The Committee recommends placement of the Professional Development Day funded with Teacher Quality money on Mon., August 17 2015.|