Superintendent Hamlet is committed to engaging students, families, staff and the community on district initiatives, programs and work occurring in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. This year, for the first time in the District’s history, Superintendent Hamlet is requesting the broader school community provide feedback on the 2018-2019 school calendar.
Make sure your voice is heard. Cast your vote and decide which version of the proposed 2018-2019 School Year Calendar you prefer. Please cast your vote no later than Friday, January 19th
Before you cast your vote, please note the difference between Version 1 and Version 2 of the proposed 2018-2019 School Year calendars. Both versions of the calendar are the same except for a few differences.
The differences include:
Version 1 (click to view) includes two additional school vacation days on Monday, November 26th and Monday, April 22nd resulting in Tuesday, June 11th as the last day for students and Friday, June 14th as the last day for teachers.
Version 2 (click to view) excludes the additional two school vacation days on Monday, November 26th and Monday, April 22nd resulting in Friday, June 7th as the last day for students and Wednesday, June 12th as the last day for teachers.
Once the calendar vote closes on Friday, January 19th, results are given to Superintendent Hamlet. Superintendent Hamlet will then present the final version to the Board of Directors for a vote at its Legislative meeting.
How does the calendar get developed?
Each year, an internal working committee of central office staff draft a school-year calendar reflecting the number of school days, teacher workdays, holidays and professional development days. The rules used to guide the development of the calendar are set by the Pennsylvania State Legislature (1949 Act 14 Article XV), the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Education (Policy 902) and the work-year terms outlined in the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) Collective Bargaining Agreement (Article 53). The two proposed calendars for the 2018 - 2019 school year meet the following requirements and laws:
192 Total Days: The entire school calendar is 192 days. These days are divided among student school days, teacher workdays and holidays.
182 Instructional Student Days: There must be at least 180 school days or a minimum of 990 hours of instruction as per the 1949 Act 14 Article XV of Pennsylvania State Legislature and Board Policy 902. The PFT Collective Bargaining Agreement mandates 182 instructional student days. The calendar must include two (2) snow days.
10 Teacher Workdays: The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the PFT mandates that there must be five (5) non-instructional organizational-clerical workdays, four (4) non-instructional in-service days and one (1) non-instructional open house/parent conference day.
When developing the school calendar, the District also takes into account the following additional considerations:
- Instructional days are scheduled with an academic focus so that students and teachers are in school for unbroken periods of instruction time.
- Eight (8) half-days/early dismissals are set aside for school and district-level professional development time.
- Breaks are scheduled so that teachers and students have consecutive days off in the winter and spring.
- Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, News Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday and Memorial Day are school holidays.
- Schools are closed on election day each year in November since many schools serve as polling locations.
Each year, after the calendar is approved by the Board of Directors, District staff communicate the calendar will families and staff on the district’s website and in a mailing. A staff-focused calendar is also developed and distributed prior to the end of the school year that includes employee pay dates. Staff and families also receive a 12-month flip calendar in the mail each August.