Penn Hills School District calendar survey posted for public input - Penn Hills Progress

Penn Hills School District calendar survey posted for public input

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 10:39 AM


Penn Hills School District officials are seeking parent and student input in crafting next school year’s calendar.

A survey with three options was posted on the district’s website, phsd.k12.pa.us.

Participants must provide an email address in order to vote on which one they prefer.

“We are trying to be more fair and equitable with regard to final selection of calendar dates for 2020-21,” Superintendent Nancy Hines said. “Typically, central office administrators have led the way by introducing a single calendar option and seeking support from our various union leaders.

“This year, we’ve decided to offer three different calendar options, and beyond soliciting employee input, we are also asking families K-12 to weigh in, along with our oldest students who are currently assigned to grades 8-11. We intend to recommend to our board the calendar option receiving the most votes.”

Option one has professional days starting Aug. 19 with students scheduled to start classes Aug. 25. The last day of school would be June 4.

Options two and three have the same start dates. However, the last day of school for option two is June 10 and June 11 for option three. Each calendar has four snow make-up days.

School board President Erin Vecchio said parents annually voice concerns about school start times and graduation, and the survey is an opportunity for them to be heard.

“We’re looking to see what parents have to say about when they want to start (school), how long a vacation they want, so it helps us as much as it helps them,” Vecchio said.

No deadline to fill out the survey was posted, but the board could vote to adopt the new school calendar at its Feb. 26 meeting at Linton Middle School.