Possible School Calendar Changes

Because storm Sandy shuttered schools in town for a week, Superintendent of Schools Van Riley will recommend adjustments to the 2012 – 2013 school calendar. The Board of Education will discuss and vote on these adjustments at its meeting Thursday (7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Stonington High School).

Besides scheduling school on Nov. 6, the superintendent is recommending:

Eliminate the planned holiday on Feb. 19 (A 3-day vacation weekend for President’s Day would remain.)

Eliminate the staff development day on March 28. (A 3-day weekend that includes Good Friday would remain.)

Extend the end of the school year by two days: June 13 and June 14. This would shift the early dismissal day from June 12 to June 14.

Schedule staff development days on June 17 and June 18.

Shift the elementary conference day from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15.

Dr. Riley made these recommendations based on five criteria: What is best for instruction? What is best for staff and their families? What is best for parents and families? The recognition that early notice of possible calendar changes is best. The recognition that winter weather may cause further school closures.

 

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9 comments

  1. rebecca mandes · · Reply

    Sounds like a great idea

  2. When is the district going to learn that we will have inclement weather cancellations? The kids @ all ages need breaks etc, its nonsense how early school ends for summer, just extend the school year!

  3. I think that any changes that make sure that school doesn’t go until the end of June are good.As a parent of a SHS Senior, my concern is that they will graduate so late it will interfere with college orientations and summer jobs.

  4. PATRICIASHAFER · · Reply

    SCHOOL VACATIONS FOR THE KIDS NEEDS TO BE ELIMINATED. THE KIDS NEED TO BE IN SCHOOL TO KEEP NEIGHBORHOODS QUIET.THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED OUT OF SCHOOL FOR BAD WEATHER EITHER. THE KIDS NEEDS AN EDUCATION. BAD WEATHER DAYS AND SCHOOL VACATIONS SHOULD BE CANCELED. THEIRS NO REASON TO BE OUT OF SCHOOL. IF THE KIDS ARE GOING TO GET A JOB AFTER GRADUATION THEY NEED TO BE IN SCHOOL GETTING AN EDUCATION.

  5. I agree that kids need a break throughout the school year…not just in the summer!

  6. This sounds like a thoughtful and considerate solution to make up these lost school days. We could have snow days that would extend the school year into the summer, so this makes good sense.

  7. Briggs Payer · · Reply

    Seems like a very reasonable and balanced approach to the situation. However, why not also have them attend school over Veterans Day? There will undoubtedly be snow days this winter and we could probably use the extra flexibility. I suggest this as I believe it is very important for the children to have a good period of time off for spring and summer vacations. Some go to summer school, others to camps, or work jobs or attend internships and sports programs. While academics are crucial in an increasingly competitive and global world, life is about much more than that. It’s about building a well rounded and grounded person – not about cramming an inordinate amount of factual knowledge into a growing person. We want them to be able to think critically, express themselves clearly, and to be responsible and capable when they grow up – but to also have a sense of perspective so that it all makes sense. They need time to be children and to grow and experience – summer vacation is a crucial piece of that puzzle.

  8. I agree with Kate C’s reply, well put.

  9. be greatfull our kids were only out for a week and are not like jersey where they have to send there kids out of town to go to school. My kids think its a great idea to skip winter recess so they can still get out in early june. Lets face it, mother nature makes the decisions and we need to work around it. Good call,

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