(Click on orange links - not images - to view/download PDF of calendar) 2014-15 Instructional Calendar
(approved 1/13/14 - amended 4/14/14 to include make-up days)
Q. How is the instructional calendar that is reviewed and approved by the School Board initially developed?
A. Recommendations for the instructional calendar are generated by Perkiomen Valley School District’s Calendar Committee, a group of administrators, teachers, School Board members, and parents that meets several times to draft calendar proposals for the School Board to review and ultimately approve. It is a comprehensive process that involves consideration of a variety of factors, such as how the structure of the calendar affects student academic success, and how parent-teacher conferences, graduation projects, in-service days and holiday breaks should be scheduled to accommodate the needs of families, students and staff. This year, the calendar review process began in November, with the Committee drafting several versions of the calendar for the School Board to consider.
Q. What are some of the changes for the 2014-15 school year?
A. Much of the next year's instructional calendar is the same as it was for this year. Based on feedback we received from the community through a survey that was conducted in the fall, a majority of survey respondents favored the changes introduced with the 2013-14 calendar, which included starting after Labor Day, having an extended weekend in October (as we did this year for the Columbus Day holiday), and having conferences occur earlier (around Election Day) instead of the week of Thanksgiving. A majority of survey respondents also indicated they preferred breaks of equal length at Thanksgiving and Easter, preferred getting out as early as possible in June, and indicated they felt it was important for students to attend as many days as possible before the administration of high stakes tests.
Keeping all that in mind, the Board approved a version of the calendar that maintains many of these preferences. One change from the current school year to the next will be that instead of recognizing the Monday following Easter as a holiday, the district will have an in-service day on the Wednesday before Easter. This in-service day will also be the day that graduation projects will be presented. This option allows for a full week of instruction prior to PSSA testing that begins on April 13.
Some other changes of note:
- First day of school: School will begin on Sept. 4 with a full day for all grades, as opposed to September 2013, when there was a half-day on the first day of school and kindergarten students started two days later.
- Inclement weather days: Three inclement weather days are "built in" to the 2014-15 calendar. If more than three inclement weather days occur, the School Board has designated February 16, April 1, June 18 and June 19 to be used as the make-up days.
For more detailed information about the survey results and discussions held at the Committee and School Board levels regarding the calendar, please click here.
Dr. Barbara Russell, Assistant Superintendent