Early Dismissal Days

Early Dismissal Days, as practiced at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, occur approximately once per month on Fridays. On these days, students are dismissed  at 12:40pm so that teachers and other staff may meet, collaborate and develop methods and programs to improve teaching and student academic achievement.

Additional time is built into the regular day schedule to account for the instructional minute requirement by the state of California.

If you normally pick-up your child at 3:30pm…
If you normally pick up your child after school, please note the early dismissal dates and pick them up at 12:40pm.

If your child is enrolled in after school…
If your child is enrolled in YMCA after school program, your children will be taken from the classroom directly to aftercare. You will pick them up as you normally do, before the end of the after school program.

2016-2017 Early Dismissal Dates:
Fri Sep 16, 2016 @12:40pm 
Fri Oct 21, 2016 @12:40pm
Fri Jan 20, 2017 @12:40pm
Fri Feb 10, 2017 @12:40pm
Fri Mar 10, 2017 @12:40pm
Fri Apr 14, 2017 @12:40pm
Fri May 12, 2017 @12:40pm

Research exists that demonstrates the value of teacher/staff collaboration time (http://www.sedl.org/change/issues/issues61.html), indicating the critical role teacher collaboration time plays in improving student academic achievement. By having consistent time available, teachers can be engaged in meaningful professional development that gives them the skills and strategies they can apply to their classrooms, sometimes the very next day. Teachers can examine how the strategies are working and reflect and collaborate with colleagues on a consistent basis to identify what works best.