Thanks to Suzanne Morikawa-Madden of PPS-SF, who amazes me with her diligence and attention to detail. Suzanne sent out an email blast to PPS-SF members tonight with an update on the 2010-11 instructional calendar, which has been modified to show proposed furlough days (in blue on the document I linked to above). The Board will be asked to formally approve the updated calendar at a special session now scheduled for June 3 at 5:30 p.m. In her email, Suzanne notes:
- This draft was approved by the Calendar Committee, which included SFUSD, the teacher’s union (UESF), administrator’s union, SEIU and parent organizations like PPS-SF, PAC (Parent Advisory Committee), PTA, and the Office of Parent Relations.
- There was discussion about having the furlough days on the two days of Thanksgiving, but because the first semester is shorter than the second semester, it was agreed that we would minimize the number of furlough days in the first semester.
- The tentative agreement with UESF has November 1st, the day before Election Day, as a specified day for furlough because there is a planned action around education budget advocacy for that day.
- Another goal with the scheduling of furlough days would be to space them out so that employees would not take a large pay cut in any one month.
- Parents and guardians should plan to make arrangements for childcare as needed for furlough and Professional Development days if approved because schools will be closed on those days.
To review, last year the Board voted to shift the school year a week earlier, so the 2010-11 school year will begin on August 16, 2010 and let out on May 27, 2011. This is a benefit to middle- and high-school students, since it allows them to end their fall semester (and take final exams) before winter break. It also aligns the school district’s schedule with that of City College, a benefit to the many high school students who take concurrent courses at CCSF.
With the ratification of the new contract between SFUSD and UESF, the calendar will now be revised to contain four furlough days: November 1, February 4, March 25 and April 25, pending Board approval.