Dubuque Schools Revise Proposed 2014-2015 Calendar

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - School officials in Dubuque say feedback from parents prompted them to make changes to their proposed hourly school calendar. The changes eliminate spring break, but keep the one hour delays scheduled for each Friday. Teachers will use that extra one hour for professional development.

The Iowa Department of Education is allowing all Iowa school districts to create a calendar based on days or based on hours. Last month, The Dubuque Community School District unveiled two options for a school calendar that's based on the total number of hours spent in the classroom rather than the total number of days.

District officials created an online forum for parents to provide feedback about the two proposals. On Thursday, Dubuque Schools Superintendent, Stan Rheingans sent a letter to parents including the changes to the original proposed calendar. He said the changes are based on that feedback from families.

Changes in the updated proposal include:
• A change in the school start day to Tuesday, Aug. 19, with orientation now scheduled for Monday, Aug. 18.
• December 22 will now be used as a snow makeup day in case a snow day occurs before then.
• There will be no school on April 3 and April 6, but there will be no week-long spring break.
• The first semester for high schools will end before the holiday break.
• There will continue to be a weekly late start on Friday, with options available at all district elementary and middle schools for parents who need to have their student to school at the normal school day time.

Rheingans will present the newly revised proposed school calendar to the Dubuque Board of Education on Monday February 10th.

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