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Calendar Update

Minor Changes 2018-19 & Changes 2019-20

MCUSD 223 Family:

At the March Board of Education meeting action was taken to approve minor amendments to this year’s calendar and to next year’s calendar (in addition to approving the 20-21 school calendar). A few details on the calendar may have a significant impact on our district families so I thought it necessary to communicate the changes out via an all-email.

The first change impacts this year. The dismissal time on the last day of school will be 11:00 as opposed to the last day being a full-day as it has been the past few years.

The second change will begin in the 19-20 school year. We believe that change will have a greater impact in noting that MCUSD 223 will be moving to late-starts on Wednesdays of each week. This means that buses will arrive to each stop 30 minutes later on Wednesday than they do the rest of the week. The current plan is to have staff available and buildings open at 7:00 am as we do all other days to ease any burden on families with this change.

The rationale for the change is to re-commit to the Professional Learning Community model within our teaching teams. We believe that giving dedicated district-wide time to our teachers to work in teams will allow us to more comprehensively answer these four key questions:

  • What do we want students to know and be able do?
  • How will we know if they have?
  • What will we do when they do?
  • What will we do when they do not?

More specifically, this time allows us to share data within our teams and to learn from our own internal best practices happening in the classroom. We believe given this time we will be able to better serve students, better achieve our stated goals, and move closer to enacting our vision of becoming a world-class school system.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Dr. PJ Caposey
Superintendent of Schools