Calendars & Schedules

School calendars, committee work and FAQs

Religious and multi-cultural calendars

Drafts of future calendars

The following draft calendars are subject to change. Do not make plans based on these drafts.


Past calendars


PSD Calendar Committee

The Calendar Committee includes representatives from schools, teachers, classified staff and parents. 

Elements in the school calendar

Elements the committee incorporates into the calendar, as well as overall guidelines followed when creating a school calendar.  

For elementary schools:

  • 175 elementary student contact days
  • 360 hours of student class time in the first semester (determines full-time student funding for PSD)
  • 990 hours of student class time during the school year
  • Three conference/exchange days (two in the fall, one in the spring - no students at school) 

For secondary schools:

  • 176 secondary student contact days
  • 360 hours of student class time in the first semester (determines full-time student funding for PSD)
  • 1080 hours of student class time during the school year
  • Two conference/exchange days (one in the fall, one in the spring - no students at school)
  • One transition day for sixth- and ninth-grade students only

For all schools:

  • Six building work days (no students at school) designed for staff professional development, work on planning and implementation of building and district goals, on-site teacher work time
  • Two teacher work days (no students at school) to assist in grading and reporting, class preparation, other tasks (usually the first Monday in January and the third Monday in May)

Calendar guidelines

The PSD Calendar Committee follows these guiding principles when creating the calendar:

  • Start as late in the summer as possible to avoid heat
  • Ending 1st semester before winter break, allowing for final exams before the break
  • Maximize class time before state-mandated testing (March/April) and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate testing (April/May)
  • Adhere to Colorado State Statutes for meeting required class time
  • Attempt to sensitively schedule school breaks
  • Align Spring Break with Colorado State University
  • Logical holiday breaks for families
  • Common Sense Clause – sometimes the simplest solution is the best

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, please contact Melanie Mierzwa, calendar committee chairperson, at or at 970-488-7938.

  • What is the timeline for board adoption of the calendar? The PSD Board of Education adopts calendars 15 months in advance of implementation.
  • Why are so many calendars posted at one time? The Board only approves calendars 12-15 months in advance of their implementation. The other posted draft calendars are available for public feedback and comment (see contacts listed below). Three draft calendars are usually available.
  • Why do we meet two days of fall break week instead of taking the whole week off? Having school two days during fall break week allows us to maximize the number of attendance days, helping us to achieve the required 360 hours of class time in the first semester. Another consideration is to start school earlier in August. The committee always discusses this possibility and adjusts when necessary.
  • Why does the first semester end before winter break? If the first semester went into January, more days would be included in first semester. One of the values we have for high school students is that it is better to complete course work and final exams before leaving for a two-week winter break. Until the committee sees a need to change this practice, first semester will be scheduled to end before winter break.

Contact Information

School Calendar Committee Contact
Melanie Mierzwa, Riffenburgh Elementary School principal |  | 970.488.7938

Alicia Bono, Cache La Poudre Middle School principal | | 970.488.7402.