Barcroft Elementary School Calendar Alignment

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Overview

APS is proposing to align the Barcroft Elementary School Modified School Year Calendar (MSYC) to the traditional APS elementary school year calendar. This change would go into effect in Fall 2021, bringing the Barcroft calendar into alignment with other APS schools. Currently, Barcroft is the only APS elementary school that follows a modified school year calendar. The recommendation to align the Barcroft calendar is based on the neutral impact the MSYC has had on student achievement, the significant budgetary pressures APS is facing, and long-term countywide planning demands.

Timeline

Date Activity
Sept. 21, 2020 Presentation to Barcroft staff
Sept. 22, 2020 Presentation at Barcroft Elementary PTA Meeting
Sept. 24, 2020 Launch Engage web page
Sept. 24 – Oct. 15, 2020 Open questionnaire in multiple languages to gather input on ways to support families during calendar alignment transition (see report)
Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, 2020 Barcroft Open Office Hours  7-8 p.m.
Oct. 23, 2020 NEW: Barcroft Virtual Community Meeting in Spanish, 5-6 p.m.
Nov. 17, 2020 Information Item for School Board meeting: Proposal for Barcroft calendar change
Dec. 3, 2020 Action Item for School Board meeting: Barcroft calendar change
Aug. 2021 2020-21 School Year Calendar goes into effect

Community Engagement

The community engagement process will inform the community about the calendar alignment proposal and the rationale for the proposed change, and will also seek input from Barcroft staff and families about how the calendar change may affect them, as well as ideas about what supports they anticipate that students and families might need for a successful transition to the aligned calendar.

Ways to participate:

  • Barcroft Virtual Community Meeting in Spanish, Oct. 23 5-6 p.m.
  • Barcroft Community Questionnaire (Sept. 24 – Oct. 15) see report
  • Open Office Hours (Tuesdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, from 7-8 p.m.)
  • Community meeting in Spanish via Zoom on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.
  • Open comment form on this website
  • Email engage@apsva.us

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQ will be added to as the process moves forward.

Why is APS proposing to change Barcroft Elementary School’s modified school year calendar?

APS has maintained a modified calendar for Barcroft since 2002, with the goal to improve academic achievement. Based on APS’s evaluation (see study below), the calendar has made no significant difference in student achievement while at the same time incurring significant costs. Student achievement suggests the year‐round calendar has had a neutral effect based on comparing Barcroft with the other APS Title I schools. The recommendation to align the Barcroft calendar at this time is based on the neutral impact the MSYC has had on student achievement, the urgent need to reduce costs due to the pandemic, and long-term countywide planning demands.

When will the Barcroft Elementary School calendar change be implemented?

The Barcroft Elementary calendar alignment would begin in Fall 2021.

Will Barcroft students who currently attend Randolph be able to stay there?

APS will consider allowing students currently attending Randolph who reside in the Barcroft boundary to remain at Randolph, without transportation.

Is this change related to the Fall 2020 elementary school boundary process?

No. Barcroft will not be part of the upcoming Elementary Boundary process.

Will Barcroft’s enrollment go up as a result of realigning the calendar with the rest of the school division?

APS will asses the impact of the change on enrollment; however, currently, only 5% of Barcroft students attend Randolph. Additionally, option schools are still available for Barcroft families.

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