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Collegiate Calendar Update
Posted 9/16/19

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The purpose of this letter is to clarify the facts sent in a communication on July 3, 2019 regarding the student start date for the 2020-21 year. As stated in the prior letter, it is anticipated the start date for students will be August 24, 2020. Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) and the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) began negotiations regarding a revised teacher work calendar in March and continue to meet.

To reiterate this was a recommended start date by the Calendar Review Committee in the winter of 2017. As you may know, the Committee was comprised of certificated and classified staff, parents, district administrators, and employee bargaining units, and recommended starting school prior to Labor Day beginning with the 2020-21 school year.  The Calendar Committee identified multiple benefits to students and families. All other unified school districts in Orange County have implemented a Collegiate Calendar.

An overview of the student benefits with a Collegiate Calendar is attached and available online - Collegiate Calendar: Student Benefits.

The 2020-21 calendar will be posted online when negotiations are completed and the calendar is adopted by the NMUSD Board of Education.