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Back to School: Why TTUSD has minimum days, teacher contract days

Kelli Twomey
Special to the Sun

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — TTUSD is often asked why schools have minimum days and teacher contract days, when no school is in session. The short answer is to ensure your child has the best education possible.

The needs of students are constantly changing, as is the technology they use. In order for educators to meet their needs, they need time to collaborate with peers, conduct research on latest instructional techniques, review and analyze data and plan their lessons. Staff development and collaboration time makes this possible.

The District’s vision to provide all scholars with challenging and engaging learning opportunities to thrive and be successful in a globally competitive age. To do this, teachers provide differentiated instruction whenever possible which takes a great deal of planning, collaboration and research.

On minimum days, when school is not in session, there is a variety of work going on district-wide. Some work is grade level specific, and sometimes the collaboration is site specific. All of it is done to meet the ever changing needs of students.

The District has found that staff need more time for larger projects and traditionally builds in two professional development days into the school calendar. These days fall before school starts and at the end of the school year.

For the 2015/16 school year, there is one additional day of professional development added to the school calendar, which is on October 5, 2015. On this student free day, TTUSD’s training will focus on literacy and the implementation of the California Standards.

TTUSD makes every effort to be family friendly and to minimize impacts for the community. The District worked with local afterschool providers to ensure programs were offered on the student free days, so it was convenient and affordable for working parents.

Also, these days were scheduled on Monday’s to give families the opportunity to have a three day weekend.

Kelli Twomey is Coordinator of Parent & Community Relations at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.