West Delaware Approves Changes to 2015-16 School Calendar

There will be a couple of major changes to West Delaware’s calendar next school year. The West Delaware School Board approved the proposed school calendar at Monday night’s board meeting. Superintendent Dr. Kristen Rickey says one of the changes includes a later school start date.

The other major change is that West Delaware will have an increased number of early dismissals next school year.

Dr. Rickey says those early dismissal days are important so that teachers can collaborate.

Dr. Rickey says a question she often gets asked is “Don’t teachers already have some planning time during the school day?”… She says they do, but it’s not enough. Teachers only get about 50 to 60 minutes a day, which adds up to about 5 hours a week – but other countries with highly successful education systems spend 15 to 20 hours a week planning. She also says many teachers’ schedules don’t align, so early dismissal days are often the only time the teachers can meet. Dr. Rickey sent a School Messenger to all West Delaware parents last month informing them of the proposed calendar and asking them to go to the website to provide feedback through a survey. She says only about 15-percent of parents completed the surveys, with a number of responses indicating no concerns with the changes. Of those parents who voiced concerns, the biggest issues centered around daycare and supervision for students who would have to stay on campus after early dismissals – and West Delaware is looking into addressing those concerns. If you’d like to check out West Delaware’s school calendar for next year, follow this link: http://www.w-delaware.k12.ia.us/school-messages/official2015-2016calendar