LAUSD Soliciting Feedback From Parents On Proposed School Year Changes

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District want to hear from parents on a range of proposed changes to the district’s academic calendar.

An LAUSD advisory committee is reportedly weighing options for six plans for altering the school year, including one that would see summer vacation cut down to five weeks while increasing the winter break to seven weeks, according to Los Angeles School Report.

“If it’s going to be the same amount of weeks in the summer as compared to the winter, maybe it’ll be easier to juggle work and camps and the kids,” said Merridith Gonzalez, a parent.

Starting last week, Superintendent Ramon Cortines announced, teachers and parents would receive robocalls to hear feedback on the school’s calendar year.

The survey asks five questions concerning several topics, including the start of the school year, the length of winter break, putting elementary and secondary schools on the same calendar, finishing the first semester before the start of winter vacation, and accommodating enrichment and intervention programs.

The plan could potentially add a 20-day winter intercession for students who need extra class time, district officials say.

For decades, LAUSD students began the academic year in September after the Labor Day holiday until the school district moved up the start of classes to early August in 2012.

The robocalls will continue to go out until Tuesday, officials said.

Officials with the district declined to be interviewed and explained that the proposal is in the early planning stages.

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