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2017 School Calendar time to nix Columbus day. No Start Early

Original post made by School Calendar, Old Palo Alto, on Feb 25, 2017

yes the title says everything. I am not against anybody or anything. I am just in favor of eliminating Columbus day holiday, make the kids keep studying and make our teachers keep working. If I have to guess I assume our educators want to start the calendar early, finish late and fill up with lots of holidays, Its good for the teachers but not good for the kids and families. Start the calendar after mid August please. used to be September but since some years ago the teachers union stumble their feet on the ground and now everybody has to "burn" by mid august. Everyone is used to start school mid August, just don't try to start early, lots of class will be empty if classes start by the 10th of August as the educators are proposing! and about Columbus day cut it out and that is fine.

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Posted by Peers Parent
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 25, 2017 at 9:56 am

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PAUSD doesn't have off for Columbus Day.
After school starts we have Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving and then Winter Break. We have very few fall holidays because there was a strong preference with the high schoolers to take finals before December break.


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Posted by Experienced Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 26, 2017 at 1:55 am

I believe the poster is referring to the Friday in October that is a Staff Development Day, thus, a three-day weekend for the students. The teachers are working that day. As the other poster mentioned, we do not get Columbus Day off.

Two of my children graduated from Paly recently and we always welcomed the extra days off that we had during the year and wish there were even more. Our high school students are already stressed and overworked so they need the breaks. Two and a half months isn't enough time off in the summer?! This must be personal. Perhaps the OP wants more time for international traveling or for extracurricular activities to build the resume.

Much more important is the bell schedule revision being considered at Paly. Hopefully, the start time will be 9:00 or later. Menlo-Atherton starts at 9:30. Our students need their sleep and their teen biological clocks are two hours later, thus they should not be on an adult schedule. There will be much less stress if the children are not exhausted.


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Posted by palo verde parent
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

@Experienced Parent
Yes, MA's 1st period starts at either 8:45 or 9:25 but that is because they call the period before that "0" period. There are 7 classes total (just like PAUSD high schools) but MA calls them 0 - 6 period instead of 1 - 7 like Paly or A-G like Gunn. In order to take 7 classes (like all PAUSD Freshman as well as most Sophomore and Juniors) an MA student would have to take the 0 period class that starts at 7:50. The biggest issue with a later start is the class missed for students that take 7 period and play a sport. Over 50% of the student body at each school plays at least one school sport.


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Posted by Experienced Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 26, 2017 at 10:52 pm

@palo verde parent: Perhaps you are correct about M-A. However, I believe your "over 50%" stat is wildly incorrect. No only, why are students enrolled in 7 periods? High school graduation and college requirements are only 6 periods. Moreover, those who are athletes who need to leave early for games either have no 7th period or are placed in a non-core 7th period class. Our students need their sleep and they are not getting it! Where's the survey that any high school PAUSD student claims to get enough sleep? EVERYONE is sleep-deprived unless they don't care about their academics. It's for the good of our students to roll back the start time. Sleep deprivation is definitely an aspect of all the PAUSD high school students who felt helpless enough to leave this world.


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