Modified/Balanced Calendar

  • The Yakima School District is studying the effects of moving to a modified school year instructional calendar. We are excited about your input as we consider options and their impacts on our community.

    To gather your feedback, we're using a tool called ThoughtExchange. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued. This ThoughtExchange will close on December 19, 2021, at 11:59 PM. You can come back to the ThoughtExchange to enter your thoughts and to rate other thoughts as to their relevance to you as many times as you would like before December 19th.

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    You'll be asked to provide your thoughts to an open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others (10 to 20 is ideal), and learn what is important to the group.

    Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you'd like to participate and, in fact, we ask that you do come back to star some of the new ideas shared since you first participated. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on.

    If you need technical help, please call ThoughtExchange at 1-800-361-9027 ext. 4 or email

    Thank you in advance for your help and input. The results of this ThoughtExchange will be shared publicly on January 18, 2022.


Recording from Modified Calendar Presentation and Q&A for Staff with Superintendent Greene

Recording from the Nov 17 Statewide Webinar for Families & Communities Modified School Calendars


  • In the 2021 Legislative Session, the Washington State Legislature directed $200 million in a combination of state and federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) exclusively for learning recovery. The balanced calendar initiative is part of this overall $200 million.

    Research shows that children from low-income communities attending modified-calendar schools outperform their counterparts in traditional-calendar schools. In schools where supplemental instruction is offered during some of the vacation periods, it can prevent the students from falling farther behind academically. A balanced/modified calendar has the potential to improve and equalize academic achievement. A reduction in summer learning loss means less review time at the beginning of the school year, and thus, more instructional time for all students.

    Accordingly, the , "A modified calendar transforms traditional nine-month agrarian calendar into a calendar that allows for continuous education by shortening the summer vacation and adding more frequent breaks during the rest of year. Those breaks may be used for 'intersessions' where remediation and enhancement can occur. The shorter breaks stem learning loss and allow educators the opportunity to get the most out of the 180 days that most states mandate for instruction."

Modified School Calendar Summit Presentation

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