SCCPSS Seeks Public Input Regarding the 2012-2013 SY Calendar

On October 17, 2011, the District Calendar Committee convened and developed a proposed academic calendar for School Year 2012-2013.

This proposed calendar would begin the school year on Monday, August 27, 2012 and end the school year on Friday, June 7, 2013.

Highlights from the proposed academic calendar are as follows:- Accommodates the current construction schedules for Oglethorpe Charter School, Gadsden Elementary, and the New High School on Little Neck Road (facilities will not available for occupancy until mid to late August 2012) -Includes 180 student days with 90 days per semester (will work with 4×4, A/B, or Traditional schedules) -Marking periods are separated at logical break points

Includes no half days for students -Recognizes all Federal Holidays except Columbus Day (which is typically a school day in SCCPSS) and Veterans Day (which occurs on a Sunday) -Includes a staff planning day after the Winter Break and between Semester 1 and Semester 2 – Includes 4 pre-planning and 4 post planning days for teachers

-Aligns post planning with the Savannah Civic Center availability for graduation exercises (not available June 3-9) -Closes all schools on Election Day (Presidential Election)

Provides a full week break (Monday-Friday) at Thanksgiving and for Spring Break

-Has no special accommodation for St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2012 falls on a weekend – parade on Saturday)

-Reasonably supports High School athletic schedules and Military PCS window

As has been the case in previous years, the Georgia Department of Education will need to approve any test administration that falls outside the approved state testing window.

This proposed calendar is now being posted for public review and comment prior to a final Committee recommendation being made to the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Public Education.

Should you like to provide feedback for the Calendar Committee to consider, please fill out a brief survey located on the homepage of the district’s website at

Comments will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday, November 18, 2011.

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