The Board of Education today approved a new instructional calendar for Los Angeles Unified School District students for the 2017-18 school year, with classes starting in mid-August and ending in early June.
The board’s decision, approved by a 5-2 vote, maintains a one-week Thanksgiving break and a three-week winter break. Overall, the new calendar includes 180 instructional days, as required by state law.
Board members also asked Superintendent Michelle King to produce a report that looks at school calendars in coming years, including surveys of families and employees that will help shape content.
“It has become extremely clear to me over the last several months that our students, schools and families have completely different needs and preferences when it comes to the instructional calendar, and I look forward to receiving more data on these various options,” said Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez.
He added, “I will continue to advocate for a differentiated calendar—two separate calendars for our secondary schools and elementary schools, with overlapping Thanksgiving and winter breaks—because I believe our District can innovatively provide an option that is not simply a one-size-fits-all approach and is actually more responsive to what we’ve heard on the ground.”
Board Member Mónica Ratliff added, “I’m glad that the board voted to provide stability and continuity to our families and staff by maintaining the early start calendar for the next year, but I believe that the calendar should have been set for three years to allow for planning and to stop this continual calendar debate.”
All L.A. Unified schools will be using the same, traditional calendar next year. Bell Senior High School will be adopting the new calendar, replacing its year-round schedule.
“Yes we can!,” said Board Member Mónica García. “We promised to end forced busing and multi-track calendars and together we have. This marks the first time that LAUSD will provide every child an instructional program on a traditional academic calendar with 180 days. Thank you Voters and Community Partners.”
Visit the LAUSD website for more information.