The Anatomy of a School District’s Summer Vacation

There’s a perception out there that our schools only operate nine months out of the year. As someone with what I consider an “education adjacent” position, I’m here to tell you that‘s simply not true.

In a lot of ways, summer is the most important part of the school year. Budgets are adopted, personnel decisions are made and curriculums are updated. There are sports camps, summer arts programs and, of course, summer school.

But the real work is preparing for the start of the new school year.

Maintenance crews don’t do spring cleaning like the rest of us; they do summer cleaning. Believe me, I did this as a summer job once at my old middle school, and it’s no walk in the park. Every desk is scrubbed, gum is removed from every locker, and floors are waxed and shined. Classroom supplies are received and then catalogued and sorted for distribution to each building and each classroom.

All of these things happen without fail each summer, just to get the doors open in the fall. And then there’s the planning. Bus schedules and routes are reviewed and refined. All of the district’s logistics for the year are planned meticulously. Among other things, someone has to answer the question, “What’s for lunch?” at least 180 times.

So while school is out for the summer, the district’s work continues at its regular pace. And when the first day of school rolls around and buses are running, classrooms are clean and lunches are served, you’ll know it’s all due to a lot of hard work. They just make it look easy.

Call your K12 Insight Relationship Manager today to discuss compiling your district’s 2012-13 Survey Calendar.

Author: Kevin D. Scott

Relationship Manager

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