The TABS (Teacher, Administrator, Board and Support Staff) committee was tasked by the Board of Trustees for the planning process, outreach, and creation of draft town school and rural school calendars for the 2020-21 school year. The draft calendars were presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. The TABS committee consists of teachers from each school, an administrator, a member of the board of trustees, and three support staff representatives. The committee is facilitated by the Assistant Superintendent.
The TABS committee agreed upon the following guiding principles to utilize when creating the draft calendars:
- Maximize student learning by:
- providing significant stretches of uninterrupted time for teaching and learning;
- maintaining instructional contact time;
- giving students ample time to prepare for state assessments.
- Maximize student and staff attendance to support student learning.
- Provide support for the Board of Trustee’s goals and strategic initiatives.
- Support student participation in a wide range of school-related activities including athletics, activities, concurrent credit opportunities, etc.
- Set teachers up to do their best teaching by:
- recognizing the importance of professional development for staff;
- embedding time for professional learning at strategic intervals throughout the year.
- Consider the economic realities of our community.
- Provide efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability by conducting a 3-year calendar cycle (which will be formulated beginning with the 2021-22 district calendar). Changes may be made more frequently at the recommendation of the TABS committee or Board of Trustees for unexpected events.
- Ensure that the calendar satisfies Wyoming statutes and rules and regulations defined by the Wyoming Department of Education.
In addition, the following items define what is in or out of scope in the work conducted by the TABS committee:
|In Scope||Out of Scope|
Maximize student learning by:
|Maximize student and staff attendance to support student learning.||High impact Fridays are days data indicates large staff and student absences due to events and activities.|
|Provide support for the Board of Trustee’s goals and strategic initiatives.||
|Support student participation in a wide range of school-related activities including athletics, activities, concurrent credit opportunities, etc.||Calendar provides time for practice and events.|
Set teachers up to do their best teaching by:
|Consider the economic realities of our community.||
|Ensure that the calendar satisfies Wyoming statutes and rules and regulations defined by the Wyoming Department of Education.||Meets all state statutes.|
TABS members shared this rationale and solicited feedback from their schools and departments. Principals gathered feedback from Parent Advisory Councils (PACs). A public meeting was advertised in the Douglas Budget to solicit community feedback.
In response to the feedback, and how the feedback aligned with our guiding principles and state statues, a final draft was prepared and presented to the Board of Trustees for approval on March 10, 2020. Because so many opinions were shared through this process--many advocating for both sides of an interest--we recognize that there will be those who are disappointed with the choices made in the final calendar draft. We believe the calendar approved by the Board of Trustees represents a calendar tightly aligned with and in support of the guiding principles and the district mission and vision.