How Does the New Calendar Work?
Due to the frequency of school closures and the emergence of public safety power shutdowns (PSPS), each school district has been tasked to build in emergency days. As such, this calendar contains a one-week spring break and a potential one-week recess. The recess can be utilized to make up for lost school days in case of any unforeseen closures such as public safety power shutoffs. This means that some or all PCS schools may end up in session during that week.
How the One-week Recess Days will be Utilized
In the first week of March 2021, the District will review the number of schools that had to close due to an emergency between August 2020 and March 2021. If any schools had to close, these days will be made up during the recess week. If any school has more than five missed days, the District will fill out a waiver from the state for any additional missed days.
Example scenario for the 2020-21 School Year
You will notice the recess days listed on the calendar (black outline) below:
Hypothetical Example Scenario
During the 2020-21 school year, all Petaluma City Schools close due to air quality for two days. In addition, Kenilworth Jr. High closes an additional two days due to a Public Safety Power Shutoff - no other schools are affected.
In this scenario, the District would announce the specific recess days that would be utilized to make-up lost days. For the traditional schools, the days would be made up on April 8th and 9th for all schools. Thus, all traditional calendar, non-Kenilworth students would be off their week spring break (March 29 - April 2), plus Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the recess week (April 5-7).
Kenilworth students would be off their spring break (March 29 - April 2) plus Monday, April 5th. KJHS students would attend school on April 6th - 9th to both make up the two lost public safety power shutdown days and the two days of total District closure due to air quality.
By building in an emergency week, we ensure make-up days are built into the calendar and that the high school graduation date remains consistent. If you have any questions about the calendar, please contact Human Resources Executive Assistant, Rachelle Buschman at firstname.lastname@example.org.