In January, the Palo Alto Unified School District surveyed school staff, parents, and high school students to gather input on future school year calendars. The primary purpose of the surveys was to identify how various district constituents felt about those elements of the school calendar that had been the topic of discussion this fall—whether to end the first semester before the winter break, how much variation to have in the length of semesters and, directly related, when to start school? If you are interested in the results of each survey, there are links below for each of the groups surveyed (High School Staff, Elementary/Middle School Staff, High School Students, and Parents).
The Board of Education is scheduled to consider school calendars for 2012-13 and 2013-14 at its April 26 meeting. The item will be third on the regular session agenda and will not start prior to 8:00 p.m. It is anticipated the Board will consider taking action at the May 10 regular meeting.