The District 196 School Board approved calendars for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years at its Dec. 14 meeting.
Both calendars are based on an all in-person learning model, although the district does plan to continue to offer the 196 Digital Academy as an all distance learning option for families. Each calendar has 172 days of instruction for elementary students and 171 days for secondary students.
The biggest change in the calendars is the addition of two “student success and assessment days” for all students the week before the first day of regular instruction. During these two days, elementary students will meet their teachers and take literacy assessments, same as in recent years. Middle school and high school students will attend orientations and meet with their teachers individually and in small groups on these two days, much like what happened this year before the start of in-person instruction in the hybrid model. The administration made the recommendation based on the success of these days this year.
There are no changes to normally scheduled breaks in the calendars. The MEA teachers’ convention is the third Thursday and Friday of October each year and spring break is the last full week of March. In 2021-22, winter break will begin Friday, Dec. 24 and students will return to school Monday, Jan. 3. In 2022-23, winter break will begin Monday, Dec. 26 and students will return to school Tuesday, Jan. 3.
2021-22 Calendar – Student success and assessment days will be Sept. 1-2, 2021; the first day of regular instruction is Tuesday, Sept. 7, and the last day of school will be Tuesday, June 7 for all students.
2022-23 Calendar – Student success and assessment days will be Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2022; the first day of regular instruction is Tuesday, Sept. 6, and the last day of school will be Tuesday, June 6 for all students.
There are also dates in each calendar when there will be no school for some or all students for holidays, conferences and staff development days. Graduation ceremonies for Apple Valley, Eagan, Eastview and Rosemount high schools are typically the Saturday before the last week of school.