2021-22 Calendar Changes
Late Start Days - All schools, K-12
Full-day and half-day funded preschool classes canceled
Updated Nov. 30, 2021
Dear Mapleton Families,
Ongoing staff shortages and a severe lack of substitute teachers is weighing heavily on schools throughout our state, and in Mapleton. As substitute positions become hard to fill, staff are leaning on each other to keep quality learning experiences going for all students, often missing out on valuable plan time.
As we continue to “level up” in Mapleton with data-driven instruction and quality assessments, plan time is essential for our teachers to review and adapt lesson plans with thought and intention to provide students with the best possible instruction every school day.
To assure we continue to greet our students with rigorous and relevant instruction, we are introducing three late start days to give our teachers back some of the valuable plan time essential to student engagement.
Please note the following important calendar changes:
2-hour Late Start Days:
- Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021
- Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022
- Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022
On a Late Start Day:
- Classes begin exactly two hours after the normal start time. Bus pick-up times are also delayed by two hours.
- All zero hour classes are canceled.
- All full-day and half-day funded preschool classes are canceled. Employee care and tuition-based childcare will be open.
- All staff report at the normal time.
Please know this change comes after much consideration as to what we can do to support our teachers so they can continue to support our students. It is our highest priority to always offer safe, engaging environments for our students to learn and thrive. Thank you for your partnership and support of Mapleton Public Schools.
No School for 7th and 8th graders (6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Mapleton Online and York International)
Thursday, Dec. 16, and Friday, Dec. 17
November 18, 2021
Dear Mapleton Families,
This unique time in our history continues to bring unexpected challenges and unimagined opportunities to the forefront of our work. From the notion of social distancing to the prevalence of distance learning, we are grateful for the partnership and support you have provided us every step of the way.
Ongoing staff shortages are weighing heavily on schools, businesses, and organizations across the country, in our state, and in our own community. We are now beginning to see – and feel – the impacts in our own classrooms, specifically at the 7th and 8th grade level, prompting us to ask the question that has been driving our work through every stage of this pandemic…What can we do to help?
It’s important to acknowledge that we have all been through a lot. Strong emotions and difficult behaviors caused by the chronic stress of current circumstances have the potential to disrupt the supportive learning environments we are committed to bringing your child every school day.
To that end, we are announcing the following calendar changes to continue to fulfill our promise to support our teachers as they continue to support our students.
No school Thursday, Dec. 16 and Friday, Dec. 17, for:
- All students in grades 7 and 8
- Students in 6-8 at Mapleton Online and York International School
We are canceling school for all 7th and 8th grade students, and 6th grade students at Mapleton Online and York International School, for two days in December to allow all 7th and 8th grade teachers the chance to attend a 7th and 8th grade Summit. At this summit, we will be bringing in experts from across the district to support our staff in discussing and addressing the social, emotional, and traumatic effects of the pandemic. We will work together to define a renewed focus for this special age group of students, rooted in support, compassion, and connection. Our 7th and 8th grade teachers will come back stronger for our students, to assure that as our students finish the school year, they will emerge stronger than ever.
We are confident this will be a rewarding experience. Thank you for your continued support of Mapleton Public Schools.