FCUSD approves school year calendar, winter break schedule

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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The Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board of Education approved the 2018-2019 high school year calendar during the Dec. 14 meeting. Included in the calendar, winter break will continue as the traditional two-week break.

Last month, the district proposed a possible change in the annual schedule giving students a three-week winter break, instead of two. Two of the three weeks would be time off, but one of the weeks would be used as an academic inter-session. This inter-session would be used for students who need extra help in raising their grades, and the students who didn’t need help would have an extra week off, said JoAnne Reinking, FCUSD Board of Education president. Reinking added that other school districts in the area, such as El Dorado Hills, implemented the inter-session and has seen results.

The survey asked whether the surveyee would prefer Calendar A – remain as a two-week break – or Calendar B – implement an additional week.

After surveying nearly 3,000 people – 2,282 families, 434 teachers, 183 staff, 45 administrators and 28 students from the FCUSD Student Advisory Board – polls showed a favor in Calendar A – remain as a two-week break.

Sixty-five percent of families, 59 percent of teachers, 55 percent of staff and 51 percent of administrators preferred Calendar A.

“The community was in favor of the two-week break instead of three,” Reinking said. “I seemed to be one of those things where the community didn’t have enough information on the proposal, but that’s because there wasn’t a whole plan drawn up; it was just to see if we had the opportunity, would the community consider it.”

During the last Student Advisory Board meeting, student government leaders from the district’s schools discussed the benefits and disadvantages of both options. When polled, eight students preferred Calendar A, but 20 preferred Calendar B.

While the students preferred Calendar B, the board voted in favor of Calendar A, as that was the preferred option in the survey.

“I hope the community will be happy with the decision. They were surveyed, they wanted their results to be considered, and they were,” she said. “Every year the calendar seems to be a subject of much discussion. I am glad we went with the scheduled preferred in the survey.”