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Changes proposed to high school instructional calendar for 2015-2016

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Issue 31, Volume 18.
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FALLBROOK – On June 11, 2012, the Fallbrook High School Board of Trustees approved the instructional calendars for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Both of these calendars have starting dates that result in the fall semester being completed prior to winter break.

During April and May 2014, two calendar committee meetings were held regarding development of the 2015-2016 instructional calendar. Two calendars were under consideration. One calendar mirrors the existing instructional calendar and the other calendar has school beginning one week later. This second option, still completes the fall semester prior to Christmas/winter break, and results in the school year ending one week later.

To make this type of change, Thanksgiving break would only be two days. Prompting the recommended changes are concerns about the adverse impact of the early August start to preparations for fall sports and the adverse impact of a May ending to the school year and conflicts with continuing spring sports competitions.

The current instructional calendar has 88 days in the fall semester and 93 in the spring semester. The above proposed changes would result in 86 days in the fall semester and 95 days in the spring. This nine (9) day difference matches pretty well with the amount of lost instructional time during the spring due to testing.

The following is the anticipated timeline for pursuing Board approval of the 2015-2016 instructional calendar:

Information to staff, parents, public, July/August 2014;

Information Item for Board of Trustees, August 11, 2014;

Calendar Committee Meeting, August 13, 2014;

Approval of Board of Trustees,

August 25, 2014.

Copies of the two proposed calendars under consideration can be acquired by email ( or by going to the District’s website (



Comment Profile ImagePlease...
Comment #1 | Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm
FHS needs to continue the current school calendar. They insisted on it two years ago, cutting the summer of 2013 two weeks shorter. (I admit, I'm still bitter about that!) Fallbrook schools have had the whole week of Thanksgiving off for many years. Does anyone remember why?? Because the districts were losing ADA money as students were not attending Mon.-Wed anyway due to travel for the holiday! It would be silly to add those days back and it does not seem worthwhile for the purpose of a one week adjustment to the fall and spring athletic schedules!
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Comment #2 | Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm
I agree with Please they just change the school calendar two summers ago, why change it again? The elementary school district did their changes also to fit with the high school schedules. I yet don't have any high school kids but lets hope this doesn't effect elementary district also.
Comment Profile ImageFrustrated
Comment #3 | Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 at 10:02 am
This new calendar which has kids getting out in May and returning in the beginning of August is ridiculous. The cost for power alone to,air condition all,of these campuses during the hottest month of the year is a waste of money. FUESD JUST changed their calendar to match the high school's. So what happens now? I would hope that the elementary district would convert back to its old calendar which had our kids getting out in the middle of June and returning at the end of August.
Comment Profile ImageKeep Thanksgiving Break
Comment #4 | Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm
While I wish the HS District had never messed with the schedule to begin with, more changes will just continue to hurt Fallbrook schools. Hopefully the elementary district wouldn't follow suit this time. Taking away the week at Thanksgiving is not a good idea. I know too many families who would pull their kids out to travel instead.
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Comment #5 | Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm
Things have certainly changed since I was a kid. We got out the second week of June and didn't go back until the day after Labor Day.
Comment Profile Imageparent of two graduates
Comment #6 | Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 8:11 am
I love school beginning in August and ending in May. It is in sync with college school calendar.

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