District to Survey Families and Staff for Input on 13-14 Calendar

Sartell-St. Stephen School District parents, guardians and staff members will be invited to complete an online survey between April 4th and April 8th to gather input on the school district calendar for 2013-2014. The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board requested that further input be gathered from families and staff before the official approval of the 2013-2014 academic calendar.

A District Calendar Committee has been created to include parents, staff and administrators. The committee has supported the development of the online survey and will be providing a recommendation to the superintendent to be brought to the school board. The survey will focus on what is academically best for students and families. The survey will be sent out via email to all parents, guardians and staff on Thursday, April 4th. The responses will be collected through Monday, April 8th, at noon and brought back to the Calendar Committee.

The focus of the survey is to provide feedback on the impact of different vacation options: long weekends in February, March and April; a five-day consecutive break in the spring or a combination of both which would extend the school year by two days. The survey also asks respondents to rate the level of interest in having the different break options.

“The information the committee is gathering will be beneficial in supporting the recommendation put forth,” shared committee chair and middle school principal, Julie Tripp. “From this feedback, we will be able to provide a data-driven decision for the 13-14 calendar in combination with a myriad of other factors that go in to the creation of an academic calendar.”

The calendar will be presented to the Board at the April 15th Board Meeting, that is being held at St. Stephen City Hall, in St. Stephen.

The invitation will be sent to the parent/guardian email addresses that are maintained in the district’s student information management system, Skyward, and to staff. Hard copies will be sent home to families who do not have an email address on file.