We are a coalition organized to preserve the current Champlain Valley public school calendar and reinforce Vermont summer as a critical time for outside-the-classroom learning, exploration of the natural world, community-building, family time, and rejuvenation.
If you agree with us, please consider signing and sharing our petition, http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/vtsaveoursummer. Your voice matters.
The Champlain Valley Superintendents Association (CVSA), comprised of the superintendents of Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin counties, has proposed a new public school calendar that will maintain the current number of student instruction days (175) but will take away two weeks of summer vacation and add additional vacations within the school year. This calendar, called Calendar 2.0, is proposed to take effect beginning with the 2014-15 school year when the first day of school will be August 20th and the last day June 22nd. A week of vacation will be added in late October, and winter and spring breaks will be extended to two weeks each. The vacation times, called “intercessions”, will also serve as remedial instruction periods for students who are performing below standards. Very little information has been presented to the public regarding the new calendar, yet the proposal is already well into the community-input phase of the plan before being submitted for adoption in early 2014.