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Posted: January 10, 2020

Schools to Choose Their 2020-2021 Calendars

Review the three options including one traditional calendar or two extended learning plans that add 10 days to the school year.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education approved three calendars for schools to choose from for the 2020-2021 school year. 

One is a Traditional Calendar that looks a lot like this year's traditional calendar.

The other two are extended learning plans that add 10 days to the school year as well as additional hours for staff professional development:

  1. Extended Learning Plan A adds 5 days to the beginning and 5 days to the end of the school year.
  2. Extended Learning Plan B is a year-round calendar with several breaks throughout the year (not an option for the 13 comprehensive high schools).

Schools are reviewing calendar options through their Instructional Councils, parent organizations, staff meetings, and community meetings. Staff and families will vote on the calendar option for their school. Final decisions need to be submitted to the district by Feb. 12.  

Calendar Options

2020-2021 Traditional Calendar

  • The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.
  • The last day of school will be Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
2020-2021 Traditional Calendar
DateDescription
Aug. 5-7 and 10-11Student registration, professional development days, and preparation days
Aug. 12, 2020First Day of School
Sept. 7Labor Day (schools and offices closed)
Oct. 8-9Fall Break (schools closed)
Nov. 3Election Day (schools closed)
Nov. 11Veterans Day (schools closed)
Nov. 23-24Elementary & Middle School Conferences
Nov. 25-27Thanksgiving Break (schools closed, office closings TBD)
Dec. 21-Jan. 1, 2021Winter Break (schools closed, office closings TBD)
Jan. 4, 2021Professional Development (staff only)
Jan. 5, 2021First Day of the Second Semester
Jan. 18Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (schools closed)
Feb. 15Presidents Day (schools and offices closed)
March 18-19Elementary, Middle & High School Conferences
March 22-26Spring Break (schools closed)
April 2Vernal Holiday (schools and offices closed) 
May 25 Last Day of School 
May 31Memorial Day (schools and offices closed)
May 26-28 and June 1Weather Make-Up Days

2020-2021 Extended Learning Plan A

  • Adds 5 days to the beginning and 5 days to the end of the school year.
  • The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.
  • The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

All breaks and holidays are the same as the traditional calendar including fall, winter, and spring break.

2020-2021 Extended Learning Plan A Calendar
DateDescription
July 29-31 and Aug. 3-4, 2020Student registration, professional development days, and preparation days
Aug. 5, 2020First Day of School
Sept. 7Labor Day (schools and offices closed)
Oct. 8-9Fall Break (schools closed)
Nov. 3Election Day (schools closed) 
Nov. 11Veterans Day (schools closed) 
Nov. 23-24Elementary & Middle School Conferences
Nov. 25-27Thanksgiving Break (schools closed, office closings TBD)
Dec. 21-Jan. 1, 2021Winter Break (schools closed, office closings TBD)
Jan. 4, 2021Professional Development (staff only)
Jan. 5, 2021First Day of the Second Semester
Jan. 18Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (schools closed) 
Feb. 15Presidents Day (schools closed) 
March 18-19Elementary, Middle & High School Conferences
March 22-26Spring Break (schools closed) 
April 2Vernal Holiday (schools and offices closed) 
May 31Memorial Day (schools and offices closed) 
June 2Last Day of School
June 3, 4, and 6-7Weather Make-Up Days

2020-2021 Extended Learning Plan B

  • Starts in mid-July and ends in mid-June but has several breaks throughout the year.
  • The first day of school will be Tuesday, July 21, 2020. 
  • The last day of school will be Friday, June 11, 2021.

Not all breaks align with the traditional calendar. This calendar is not an option for the 13 comprehensive high schools. 

2020-2021 Extended Learning Plan B Calendar
DateDescription
July 14-17 & 20, 2020Student registration, professional development days, and preparation days
July 21, 2020First Day of School
Sept. 7-11 Labor Day Break (schools closed, offices closed Sept. 7) 
Oct. 7-9Fall Break (schools closed) 
Nov. 3Election Day (schools closed) 
Nov. 9-11Veterans Day Break (schools closed)
Nov.  23-24 Elementary and Middle School Conferences 
Nov. 25-27Thanksgiving Break (schools closed, office closings TBD)
Dec. 21-Jan. 1, 2021Winter Break (schools closed, office closings TBD)
Jan. 4, 2021Professional Development (staff only)
Jan. 5, 2021First Day of the Second Semester
Jan. 15 and 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Break (schools closed, offices open) 
Feb. 10-12 and 15Presidents Day Break (schools closed, offices closed Feb. 15)
March 18-19Elementary, Middle & High School Conferences
March 22-26Spring Break (schools closed)
April 2 and 5Vernal Holiday (schools closed, offices closed April 2) 
May 3-7Break (schools closed or weather make up days)
May 28 and 31Memorial Day Break (schools closed, offices closed May 31) 
June 11, 2021Last Day of School

Calendar Downloads

Why Extend the School Year? 

When lawmakers passed and the governor signed a bill earlier this year providing more public education funding, they specifically earmarked two initiatives for the state’s 89 school districts. One of those initiatives, the Extended Learning Time Program, adds 10 days of learning to the school year. 

This school year, about a dozen APS schools took advantage of the Extended Learning Time Program, adding 10 days to the beginning of the school year for some, if not all, of their students. Early results have been positive. The district's three former MRI schools, which added 10 days to their school year a couple of years ago, are seeing improved test scores, better attendance, and more engaged students and families. They are especially excited about the Genius Hour that allows students to explore their passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. 

2020欧洲杯备用网址Now, APS wants to provide more of its schools this opportunity to help improve academic success for students, including some of its most vulnerable.

"The bottom line is New Mexico lags behind the rest of the nation in education, and we now have a unique opportunity to contemplate ways to help our students be more successful," said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. "Imagine what we might be able to do if we had more time with our students. How might we better their lives while working to improve education for students in APS and across the state?"  

How Does Extended Learning Help Students?

  • Research shows that more time in the classroom can boost student achievement and help students retain more of what they learn over the summer.
  • More time in school means more access to resources including hot meals, counselors, nurses, social and community services. 
  • Schools can personalize the school day to meet the needs of their students, incorporating innovation, enrichment, and extra help.
  • Extended learning plans include after-school programs for students.
  • Extended learning plans include 80-hours of professional development for staff. 
  • Some of the professional development for teachers and staff will be embedded in the calendar.
  • Some time for professional development may be added to the school day.

All employees who work at schools on an extended learning plan calendar are compensated for the additional hours. The increase in pay is subject to union negotiations.

Timeline

Please note that this is a fluid timeline that is subject to change. 

  • December 16, 2019: Calendar options were introduced to and approved by the APS Board of Education Finance Committee
  • December 18, 2019: The APS Board of Education approved the calendar options
  • January 2020: Schools review calendar options through their Instructional Councils, parent organizations, staff meetings, and community meetings. Staff and families vote on the calendar option for their school.
  • Mid-February 2020: Calendar choices are due. 

APS Open Book Podcast on the Extended School Year

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