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Changes Proposed to Tucker’s Calendar for 2020-21

Changes

ACPS is proposing Samuel W. Tucker Elementary Schools’ academic calendar to align with all other ACPS schools for the 2020-21 school year to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the school community.

This calendar change prioritizes the health and safety of the Samuel W. Tucker community and allows Samuel Tucker to align with the ACPS Continuity of Learning plan 4.0.

Feedback from the Samuel W. Tucker staff and community reflected a 70% support rate for the one-year alignment with the traditional calendar.

Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School is the only school in ACPS that is on a modified calendar that sees staff return to work the last week of July and students start the school year on the first Thursday of August. The first day of school for staff at all other ACPS schools on the traditional calendar is the last week of August with students returning after Labor Day.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is proposed for Samuel W. Tucker’s calendar for the 2020-21 school year?

This proposal is for a one-year alignment of Samuel Tucker’s academic calendar with the rest of ACPS to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the school community. This calendar change prioritizes the health and safety of the Samuel Tucker community and allows Samuel Tucker to align with the ACPS Continuity of Learning plan 4.0.

 

Why is Tucker the only school in ACPS to be impacted by this change?

Tucker is a “Programmatic” school as defined in ACPS Board policy and operates on a modified calendar. This means that the school has a shorter summer break and offers alternate programming known as Intersessions twice each year - once in the fall and once in the spring. With so much uncertainty around guidelines for school reopening and the possible impact on Intersession, it makes sense to align all schools on the same calendar for one year only.

 

What date will Tucker students start school in the Fall?

Students enrolled at Tucker will start the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - the same date as all schools on the traditional calendar.

 

Why is it important to align Tucker with other ACPS schools this school year?

The Governor is in support of a comprehensive approach to reopening schools across all Northern Virginia school divisions. As such, a single calendar within ACPS during this unique moment in history is a reasonable as well as the logical move in support of a unified game plan. The complexities associated with the reopening of schools are the topic of high-level discussions currently underway in conjunction with business and community partners to ensure the safety and well being of our students, staff, and families.  A one time post-Labor Day start will allow the Tucker community to benefit from the full breadth of recommendations expected to be released in late July

 

Is this a move to align Tucker permanently with other schools on the traditional calendar and eliminate the modified calendar completely?

This proposed change is for one year only. On May 29, 2020, the ACPS School Board approved the 2021-22 modified calendar for Tucker with a starting date of July 26, 2021. 

 

What date will Tucker teachers start school in the Fall?

Teachers usually come in earlier that students so that they can prepare for the arrival of their students. This year, all ACPS teachers will be on the same schedule. All teachers are expected back on Thursday, August 27.

 

Will Tucker teachers remain on the same payroll schedule?

Teachers at Tucker will remain on their usual payroll schedule. It would create an unneeded disruption to staff to make changes to staff pay for one year. 

 

Does this mean that ACPS is anticipating that the start of school in the Fall might be delayed across all schools? 

We are in the process of putting together plans for reopening our schools and these will include several options that can be adopted in accordance with the situation we face in the fall. A single calendar will facilitate a cohesive action plan across ACPS.

 

How does this impact kindergarten enrollment? 

These changes will not impact kindergarten enrollment. Kindergarten students will continue to be enrolled as usual. It means that families will have a few more days to ensure their paperwork and health forms are all up-to-date and are in our system.