During the month of September, Provo City School District conducted a survey of community members, parents, employees and students to learn which priorities are the most important when building the school year calendars. The information gathered was very useful when constructing the 2020-2021 school year calendar options. Now that the survey has been closed, PCSD would like to share the results with all those who may be interested and open the final survey for the 2020-2021 school year calendar.

In total, the survey gathered 3,659 responses. Respondents were asked to look at seven statements and rank them in order of importance. These options were:

1. Calendar aligns with neighboring districts (Nebo and Alpine)
2. Calendar aligns with local universities
3. Full 2-week (+/-) Christmas Break
4. Full one-week Spring Break
5. Full 3-day Fall Break
6. School year begins between August 20 and August 23
7. School year ends before Memorial Day.

There are two different rankings that are provided by the survey: Weighted Ranking and Top 3 Votes. For weighted ranking, weights are provided in reverse. For example, in our survey a #1 rank has a weight of 7, #2 has a weight of 6 and so on. For Top 3 votes, the number of times an option was the first, second or third choice is added together. Both results are provided here and were instrumental in creating calendar options.

Weighted Ranking Results

1. Full 2 week (+/-) Christmas Break – 5.53
2. Full one week Spring Break – 4.80
3. School year ends before Memorial Day – 4.33
4. Full 3-day Fall Break – 4.26
5. School year begins between August 20 and August 23 – 3.61
6. Calendar aligns with neighboring districts (Nebo and Alpine) – 2.74
7. Calendar aligns with local universities – 2.74

Top 3 Votes Results

1. Full 2 week (+/-) Christmas Break – 2,798 votes
2. Full one week Spring Break – 2,314 votes
3. Full 3-day Fall Break 1,653 votes
4. School year ends before Memorial Day – 1,625 votes
5. School year begins between August 20 and August 23 – 1,109 votes
6. Calendar aligns with local universities – 769 votes
7. Calendar aligns with neighboring districts (Nebo and Alpine) – 709 votes

Based on these results, 2 calendar options were developed for the 2020-21 school year.

Important Dates on Proposed Calendars:

Calendar A

  • Start Date
    • August 19
  • End Date
    • May 26
  • Fall Break
    • Oct. 15-16,19 (3 Days)
  • Thanksgiving Break
    • Nov. 26-27
  • Christmas Break
    • Dec. 21 – Jan. 3 (14 Days)
  • Spring Break
    • April 6-9 (4 Days)

Calendar B

  • Start Date
    • August 24
  • End Date
    • May 28
  • Fall Break
    • Oct. 16,19 (2 Days)
  • Thanksgiving Break
    • Nov. 26-27
  • Christmas Break
    • Dec. 21 – Jan. 3 (14 Days)
  • Spring Break
    • April 6-9 (4 Days)

Please click on the following link and look at BOTH calendars. Select the calendar that you would prefer for the 2020-21 school year calendar. The survey will remain open until midnight on Sunday, November 18, 2018.