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Priority Rankings by Subgroup
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Survey respondents were asked to indicate their role(s) in the PSD community (i.e. parent/guardian, staff, student, community member). The following breaks responses out by subgroup for the question: As you think about what is important to you in a school year calendar, please use the dropdown menus in each row to indicate up to three priorities that you would like to see included in the 2023-24 School Year calendar. Please note that the calendar that is created may not be able to accommodate all of the priority options listed in the dropdowns within a single year. For example, inclusion of a five-day Fall/Thanksgiving Break may require the first semester to end in January. The options available for selection were: Five-Day Fall/Thanksgiving Break, Two Full Weeks of Winter Break, Beginning Winter Break No Later than Dec. 22, Beginning the School Year After Labor Day to Address the Effects of Heat in the First Quarter, Ending the Semester Before Winter Break, Having Maximum Instructional Time Prior to State Testing/AP and IB Testing, Alignment with Colorado State University Calendar, All K-12 Students on the Same School Year Calendar with the Same Dates Off from School, Partial Week for the First Week of School. In the data tables below, Priority 1 ranking outlines the top three choices ranked as Priority 1 for subgroups. Priority 2 ranking outlines the top three choices ranked as Priority 2 for subgroups, and Priority 3 outlines the top three choices ranked as Priority 3 for subgroups.
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Priority 1 Ranking123
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All Respondents
2 Full Weeks at Winter Break (24%)
Beginning After Labor Day (20%)5 Day Fall Break (19%)
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All ParentsBeginning After Labor Day (23%) 2 Weeks Winter Break (21%) 5 Day Fall Break (17%)
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Elementary ParentsBeginning After Labor Day (22%) 2 Weeks Winter Break (21%)All K-12 on Same Calendar (20%)
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Middle School ParentsBeginning After Labor Day (21%)2 Weeks Winter Break (19%)All K-12 on Same Calendar (20%)
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High School Parents Beginning After Labor Day (23%) 2 Weeks Winter Break (21%)5 Day Fall Break (18%)
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All Students2 Weeks Winter Break (36%) 5 Day Fall Break (19%)End Semester before Winter Break (13%)
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Middle School Students2 Weeks Winter Break (41%)5 Day Fall Break (23%) All K-12 on Same Calendar (10%)
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High School Students2 Weeks Winter Break (32%)5 Day Fall Break (17%)End Semester before Winter Break (17%)
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All Staff2 Weeks Winter Break (31%)5 Day Fall Break (29%)Beginning After Labor Day (16%)
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Elementary Staff2 Weeks Winter Break (31%)5 Day Fall Break (27%)Beginning After Labor Day (17%)
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Middle School Staff2 Weeks Winter Break (24%)5 Day Fall Break (29%)Beginning After Labor Day (13%)
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High School Staff5 Day Fall Break (32%)2 Weeks Winter Break (30%)End Semester before Winter Break (13%)
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Alternative School Staff2 Weeks Winter Break (40%)5 Day Fall Break (30%)Beginning After Labor Day (15%)
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Non-school staff5 Day Fall Break (28%)Beginning After Labor Day (26%)2 Weeks Winter Break (23%)
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Community Members (not staff, not PSD parents/guardians)
Beginning After Labor Day (32%)5 Day Fall Break (17%)All K-12 on Same Calendar (14%)
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Priority 2 ranking123
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All Respondents
2 Full Weeks at Winter Break (28%)
5 Day Fall Break (24%) Ending Semester before Winter Break (10%)
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All Parents2 Weeks Winter Break (27%)5 Day Fall Break (21%) Ending Semester before Winter Break (10%)
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Elem Parents2 Weeks Winter Break (26%)5 Day Fall Break (21%)All K-12 on Same Calendar (12%)
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MS Parents2 Weeks Winter Break (28%)5 Day Fall Break (22%)All K-12 on Same Calendar (12%)
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HS Parents2 Weeks Winter Break (29%)5 Day Fall Break (22%)Ending Semester before Winter Break (14%)
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All Students2 Weeks Winter Break (27%)5 Day Fall Break (26%)End Semester before Winter Break (12%)
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MS Students5 Day Fall Break (28%)2 Weeks Winter Break (25%)All K-12 on Same Calendar (12%)
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HS Students2 Weeks Winter Break (29%)5 Day Fall Break (25%)End Semester before Winter Break (15%)
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All Staff5 Day Fall Break (31%)2 Weeks Winter Break (31%)Partial Week First Week of School (7%)
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Elementary Staff5 Day Fall Break (32%)2 Weeks Winter Break (31%)Partial Week First Week of School (12%)
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MS Staff5 Day Fall Break (33%)2 Weeks Winter Break (30%)Partial Week First Week of School (8%)
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HS Staff2 Weeks Winter Break (32%)5 Day Fall Break (30%)End Semester before Winter Break (14%)
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Alternative Staff5 Day Fall Break (41%)2 Weeks Winter Break (36%)Begin Winter Break by Dec. 22 (8%)
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Non-school staff2 Weeks Winter Break (31%)5 Day Fall Break (28%)All K-12 on Same Calendar (10%)
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Comm Members2 Weeks Winter Break (22%)All K-12 on Same Calendar (20%)5 Day Fall Break (19%)
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All Respondents5 Day Fall Break (17%) 2 Full Weeks Winter Break (17%) Begin No Later than Dec. 22 (13%)
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All Parents2 Weeks Winter Break (17%)5 Day Fall Break (17%)Begin Winter Break by Dec. 22 (13%)
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Elem Parents2 Weeks Winter Break (18%)5 Day Fall Break (17%)All K-12 on Same Calendar (15%)
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MS Parents2 Weeks Winter Break (18%)5 Day Fall Break (17%)Ending Semester before Winter Break (13%)
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HS Parents2 Weeks Winter Break (17%)5 Day Fall Break (17%)Ending Semester before Winter Break (14%)
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All Students2 Weeks Winter Break (15%)5 Day Fall Break (15%)End Semester before Winter Break (12%)
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MS StudentsAll K-12 on Same Calendar (16%)Begin Winter Break before Dec. 22 (15%)2 Weeks Winter BReak (12%)
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HS Students5 Day Fall Break (18%)2 Week Winter Break (17%)End Semester before Winter Break (14%)
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All Staff5 Day Fall Break (18%)Partial Week First Week of School (18%)2 Weeks Winter Break (15%)
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Elementary Staff
Partial Week First Week of School (21%)
5 Day Fall Break (20%)2 Weeks Winter Break (16%)
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MS Staff
Partial Week First Week of School (20%)
5 Day Fall Break (18%)Begin Winter Break by Dec. 22 (14%)
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HS Staff
End Semester before Winter Break (20%)
5 Day Fall Break (16%)2 Weeks Winter Break (13%)
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Alternative StaffBeginning After Labor Day (19%)5 Day Fall Break (14%)2 Weeks Winter BReak (13%)
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Non-school staff2 Weeks Winter Break (19%)5 Day Fall Break (18%)Begin Winter Break by Dec. 22 (13%)
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Comm MembersAll K-12 on Same Calendar (15%)Partial Week First Week of School (14%) Beginning After Labor Day (13%)
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Interest in Five-Day Fall/Thanksgiving Break by Subgroup
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Survey respondents were asked to indicate their role(s) in the PSD community (i.e. parent/guardian, staff, student, community member). The following breaks responses out by subgroup for the question: Would you prefer to have a five-day Fall/Thanksgiving Break if it meant: Students Have Two Fewer Days of Winter Break, Students Start School Two Days Early, First Semester Ends After Winter Break, School Ends Two Days Later, possibly after Memorial Day depending on the calendar year. The response percentages of yes/no to each of these options is outlined below by respondent group.
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Condition - 5 Day Fall Break2 Fewer Days Winter BreakStart School 2 Days Earlier1st Semester Extend after Winter BreakEnd School 2 Days Later
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All RespondentsYes (24%), No (76%)Yes (54%), No (46%)Yes (35%), No (65%)Yes (54%), No (46%)
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All ParentsYes (26%), No (74%)Yes (51%), No (49%)Yes (33%), No (67%)Yes (52%), No (48%)
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Elementary ParentsYes (26%), No (74%)Yes (50%), No (50%) Yes (35%), No (65%)Yes (50%), No (50%)
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Middle School ParentsYes (27%), No (73%)Yes (52%), No (48%)Yes (33%), No (67%)Yes (53%), No (47%)
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High School Parents Yes (26%), No (74%)Yes (54%), No (46%)Yes (28%), No 72%)Yes (55%), No (45%)
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All StudentsYes (18%), No (82%)Yes (67%), No (33%)Yes (24%), No (76%)Yes (52%), No (48%)
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Middle School StudentsYes (16%), No (84%)Yes (62%), No (38%)Yes (35%), No (65%)Yes (50%), No (50%)
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High School StudentsYes (20%), No (80%)Yes (70%), No (30%)Yes (17%), No (83%)Yes (53%), No (47%)
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All StaffYes (19%), No (81%)Yes (58%), No (42%)Yes (51%), No (49%)Yes (64%), No (36%)
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Elementary StaffYes (17%), No (83%)Yes (50%), No (50%)Yes (63%), No (37%)Yes (61%), No (39%)
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Middle School StaffYes (19%), No (81%)Yes (58%), No (42%)Yes (51%), No (49%)Yes (65%), No (35%)
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High School StaffYes (19%), No (81%)Yes (69%), No (31%)Yes (29%), No (71%)Yes (66%), No (34%)
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Alternative School StaffYes (27%), No (73%)Yes (69%), No (31%)Yes (42%), No (58%)Yes (64%), No (36%)
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Non-school staffYes (29%), No (71%)Yes (63%), No (37%)Yes (47%), No (53%)Yes (69%), No (31%)
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Community Members (not staff, not PSD parents/guardians)
Yes (35%), No (65%)Yes (50%), No (50%)Yes (32%), No (68%)Yes (59%), No (41%)
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Interest in Starting After Labor Day by Subgroup
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Survey respondents were asked to indicate their role(s) in the PSD community (i.e. parent/guardian, staff, student, community member). The following breaks responses out by subgroup for the question: Would you prefer to start the school year after Labor Day to address teh effects of heat in classrooms in the first quarter if it meant: Having 3 Weeks Less Instruction prior to State Testing (i.e. CMAS) and AP/IB Testing, Ending the School Year in the Third Week of June, Beginning Fall Athletics/Activities Practices and Competitions about a Month Prior to School Being in Session, Experiencing Heat in Classrooms in June instead of August, No Longer Aligning with the CSU Calendar, Ending the First Semester in the Last Week of January, No Longer Aligning with the Start and End Dates of Most Large School Districts in Colorado. The response percentages of yes/no to each of these options is outlined below by respondent group.
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Condition - Start After Labor DayLess instruction before testingEnd School 3rd week of JuneFall AthleticsHeat in JuneNot Aligning with CSU CalendarEnding 1st Semester in Last Week of January No Longer Aligining with Most Large Districts
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All RespondentsYes (46%), No (54%)Yes (21%), No (79%)Yes (56%), No (44%)Yes (41%), No (59%)Yes (53%), No (47%)Yes (38%), No (62%)Yes (49%), No (51%)
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All ParentsYes (46%), No (54%)Yes (23%), No (77%)Yes (55%), No (45%)Yes (44%), No (56%)Yes (54%), No (46%)Yes (38%), No (62%)Yes (50%), No (50%)
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Elementary ParentsYes (43%), No (57%)Yes (23%), No (77%)Yes (53%), No (47%)Yes (43%), No (57%)Yes (54%), No (46%)Yes (41%), No (59%)Yes (50%), No (50%)
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Middle School ParentsYes (47%), No (53%)Yes (23%), No (77%)Yes (55%), No (45%)Yes (45%), No (55%)Yes (57%), No (43%)Yes (39%), No (61%)Yes (53%), No (47%)