I've mentioned in some previous posts, that my school is on a year round schedule. So, for all those interested, here is our calendar (click on the picture to enlarge).
I know, at first, it looks very confusing, but it's really not. Let me walk you through it.
1. The first picture is July through December and the second is January though June, of the 2008-2009 school year. They are on the same legal size piece of paper.
2. Choose one color to look at. For instance, I am on E-track, which is blue. So I only need to worry about those dates.
3. PD (in yellow) means professional development and T (in white) is the traditional schedule that other schools are on.
4. The grey blocks are weekends and the black blocks are when the entire school is closed.
5. We go to school 182 days a year.
6. If you follow the blue band all the way across, you will see that I didn't start until August 11th (T) and my kids came on the 12th (day 1), where as everyone else started three weeks earlier on July 22. So, I get three extra weeks off in the summer.
7. If you continue to follow the blue band you will see that I get three weeks off in November (after day 62) and then another three weeks off in March (after day 119).
8. On the two days of parent conferences (two days in October and two in March) the children do not come, but the teachers do.
9. So, there are always 4 groups in school and 1 group on vacation. I am no vacation the same days as my students. That is how 5 teachers can share 4 sets of books.
10. Most people love it and stay at our school for a very long time. It's hard for some parents, however, because the middle school that we feed into is not year round. So, if you have an elementary school age child and a middle school age child, they would be on two different vacation schedules.
I hope that is clear (as mud). If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you.