My husband and I have four children both in the elementary and secondary level in the Travis School District.
I recently spoke at the governing board meeting to express my interest in one common school calendar for all of the schools from the 2013-14 school year forward.
Two separate calendars are very inconvenient for a number of reasons. The thought of two schedules is extremely overwhelming and would present undue hardship on our family as well as many others in the district. It affects our family all the time. And I know our family is not an anomaly. It may also force some families to pull their children out of school, thus costing the district the loss of average daily attendance funds from the state.
The reasons that multiple calendars are not functional are that the difficultly of planning family vacations without taking someone out of school and the added burden of child care for the younger children. Naturally, families want to vacation together and parents have limited vacation time available. Taking two different Christmas vacations to accommodate the two different school calendars does not support the strength of our family unit. I have found in talking with other parents there is a tremendous desire for one calendar districtwide.
When I spoke at the board meeting, one of the board members said he had not heard enough parents speak up about this being an issue and that if he had a room full of parents attending the 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting that would be great.
I strongly encourage all parents in the district to write emails to all teachers and board members to make their preference known. (You can find every teacher and board member at http://content.travisusd.k12.ca.us/cm/Home.html.) I would cringe at the thought of something as minor as a calendar to be the reason for a teachers’ strike.