2023-24 School Calendar Feedback

  • GCPS aims to create a school calendar that fosters student achievement, while at the same time meeting the needs of our students, families, and communities. We design our school calendar around requirements codified in state law (180 school days for students and 190 days for teachers). In addition, staff and community preferences drive the various breaks throughout the school year. We value your input and feedback on the calendar options for the 2023-24 school year. These options were built based on feedback received from students, staff, families, and our community from previous school calendars. In these options, you will find an option that is very similar to the current 2022-23 calendar, as well as options with different features like the removal of staggered start days, the removal of some or all digital learning days, and the addition of holidays that are inclusive of the rich diversity we have here in Gwinnett County.

    We value your feedback on the calendar options provided for the 2023-24 school year and hope that you will take the time to review these options and share your thoughts with us.

  • Calendar Option #1

    Option 1

    • Follows the 2022-23 Calendar
    • School begins on August 2
    • 2 Staggered Start Days
    • 4 Digital Learning Days
    • Fall Break (3 days)
    • Thanksgiving Break (1 week)
    • Winter Break (2 weeks)
    • February Break (3 days)
    • Spring Break (1 week)
      • * 2 planning days prior to start of Semester 2  
      • * 1 day of post-planning  
  • Calendar Option #2

    Option 2

    • School begins on August 1
    • Removes all Staggered Start Days
    • Removes 2 Digital Learning Days
    • Fall break and February break (2 days) (to account for removal of 2 DLDs)
    • Six Pre-Planning Days, two planning days prior to start of Semester 2 and two Post-planning days
  • Calendar Option #3Option 3

    • School begins on August 2
    • Removes all Staggered Start Days
    • Removes 2 Digital Learning Days
    • Removes 2 Teacher Pre-Planning Days
      • Adds 1 Teacher Planning Day to Semester 1 and Semester  2
    • Fall break and February break (2 days)
    • Winter Break (2 weeks)
  • Calendar Option #4

    Option 4

    • School begins on August 1
    • Removes all Staggered Start Days
    • Removes all Digital Learning Days
    • Removes 2 Teacher Pre-Planning Days
      • Adds 1 Teacher Planning Day to Semester 1 and Semester 2
    • Fall break and February break (2 days)
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    Please use the link below to share your thoughts on the 2023-24 School Calendar options.

    We value your feedback. Your feedback allows us to hear what is important to you, analyze that information, and make any needed revisions prior to releasing what will be the 2023-24 School Calendar.

    This link will be active through October 31. The final 2023-24 School Calendar will be released during the November Board of Education Meeting.

    Please click this link to begin the survey.

  • Why do we have to go to school for 180 school days?

    Georgia State Law 20-2-168(c) states the school year shall be no less than 180 days.

  • Why do we start so early?

    Our community preference has always been that the school year end prior to Memorial Day. In order to accomplish this preference and meet the 180-day state requirement, we must start early in the month of August.

  • Why do we have digital learning days?

    Prior to Digital Learning Days (DLDs), GCPS had two Teacher Workdays built into the calendar, one for each semester. DLDs were added to the calendar in place of Teacher Workdays to facilitate students moving forward in the curriculum while enabling teachers to do the time-consuming work of preparing academically challenging and differentiated lessons to meet the individual needs of students. DLDs make learning real and relevant for students who have grown up in a world of technology.

  • Why do we have a staggered start to begin the school year?

    Staggered start days allow schools to welcome students in the beginning grades of each level to help acclimate students to their new learning environment. This one day includes students in grades K, 1, 6, and 9 entering their new learning environment without the other grades.

  • Why are you asking for input, and is it really used in making the final calendar?

    Your feedback and engagement provide an opportunity for us to hear what is important to you, analyze that information, and make any needed revisions prior to releasing what will be the 2023-24 School Calendar.