Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 11/30/2023 - 6:30 PM
Category: New Business and Reports to the Board
Type: Info
Subject: 2024 to 2027 Academic Calendars
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Goal 5: Family and Community Engagement
ACPS will ensure that all families and community members feel welcomed, respected, and valued.
Policy: IC/ID - School Year / School Day
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable)
File Attachment:
231130_Att1_Presentation_2024-2027 Academic Calendar_v3.pdf
231130_Att2_2024-2025 Traditional Academic Calendar-DRAFT.pdf
231130_Att3_2024-2025 Samuel Tucker Modified Academic Calendar - DRAFT.pdf
231130_Att4_2025-2026 Traditional Academic Calendar - DRAFT.pdf
231130_Att5_2025-2026 Samuel Tucker Modified Calendar - DRAFT.pdf
231130_Att6_2026-2027 Traditional & Tucker Academic Calendar - DRAFTS.pdf
Agenda Item Summary: This memo provides the School Board with 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 academic calendar recommendations for approval and the 2026-2027 calendar for review.

The proposed 2024 - 2025 and 2025 - 2026 School Year Calendars prioritize student attendance and staff retention. New features include:
● Shift from one and a half days for parent-teacher conferences in fall and winter to two full days in the fall (one month apart) and one day in the winter
● Two full days for conferences in the fall increases opportunities for family engagement across all levels early in the school year
● Elimination of half-day conferences while maintaining expectation for hosting evening conferences
● Addition of Veterans Day observance as a holiday for students and staff
● Coupling of Teacher Work Day and Professional Development Day at the end of the first semester
● Increased 5-day instructional weeks for students

The proposed calendars continue to build on prior efforts in the following areas:
● A two-year calendar cycle to support long-range plans for school programs, facilities projects and family activities
● Pre-Labor Day start to the school year
● Recognition of diverse holidays in alignment with the 2025 Strategic Plan “Equity for All”
● Four early release days for high school at the end of year to accommodate testing
● More than the minimum 990 instructional hours providing flexibility in the event of unexpected school closures
Background: The calendar committee convened to make recommendations to the superintendent based on regulations provided by the Board in June 2023. The committee has prepared a three-year calendar outlook. The first two years are for Board adoption, and the third year is for Board information and review.
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends that the School Board review and approve the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 calendars and review the 2026-2027 academic calendar.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt - Superintendent