Poll split on schedule

first_imgOf that number, 2,887 said they had children of high-school age, and 5,374 said they didn’t. The district decided to survey parents after receiving letters, phone calls, and e-mails over the past several years from parents requesting that change. Palmdale switched four years ago from a three-track, year-round school calendar to a traditional one where school starts after Labor Day and ends in June. The high school district, however, has gone the opposite direction, moving the start date of classes from after Labor Day to mid-August and ending the year in late May. The changes have left some families with difficulty in planning holiday getaways and vacations. PALMDALE – A survey of parents in the Palmdale School District shows them slightly in favor of aligning the school calendar with the high school district’s. Forty-eight percent of parents said they would like Palmdale schools to have the same schedule as Antelope Valley Union High School District schools, 38 percent opposed the idea and nearly 14 percent had no opinion. “Clearly it’s not an overwhelming majority,” interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi said. Surveys were sent home with all pupils in the 22,700-student district, and more than 10,700 parents responded. Palmdale’s board at tonight’s meeting will hear from staff about the financial impact should the district decide to alter its calendar. A change would raise issues having to do with employee work schedules. Currently, some Palmdale staff work 10 months out of the year and would have to be changed to 11- or 12-month employees, officials said. In addition, hourly employees would not get paid during a three-week winter break. High school district officials said they wanted to start school earlier so the first semester ends before the winter break. Resuming classes after the holidays often meant review and repeating lessons already covered. The change also would provide more time for teachers to grade tests and for students to prepare for standardized testing in the spring, officials said. The schedule shift was done in consultation with teachers and after surveys were done, high school district officials said. The change, however, bumped up against the Antelope Valley Fair, during which hundreds of teens exhibit farm animals in the last week of August. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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