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School Board To Meet About Possible Changes To Calendar

The Stonington Board of Education meets tonight, Nov. 8, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Stonington High School Commons

With a week of school cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy the Stonington School Board will have to find a way for students to make up several missed days of schools. At tonight’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting the school board plans to discuss and possibly vote on changes to the school calendar.

Stonington Public School students already made up one day by attending school on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2012. That leaves four days students need to make up. According to the Stonington Board of Education Blog, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Van Riley is recommending the following adjustments to the calendar:

  • Eliminate the planned holiday on Feb. 19 (A three-day vacation weekend for President’s Day would remain.)
  • Eliminate the staff development day on March 28. (A three-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.

According to the blog post Riley made the recommendations based on five criteria including the “…recognition that early notice of possible calendar changes is best.”

During the 2011-2012 academic year last-minute changes to school calendar resulted in confusion and frustration when days were first taken away from April vacation and then put back into April vacation.

The Board of Education meets tonight, Nov. 8, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Stonington High School Commons.

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Millie Donovan November 08, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Ugh! Not again. Whatever happened to the cushion of days that were always added to the end of the year? Where you could look at the school calendar and see the days marked as SN (snow days) and for everyday you had to miss for snow days you just adjusted (extended) the last day of school. They are still on the calendar but why aren't we using them? I guess that is what I would like to know. Why are we already adjusting the schedule when we have not exceeded the allotted snow days already built into the school calendar? With that said, the suggestions made by Dr. Riley seem reasonable enough and I am grateful that the calendar is being looked at early enough so that people can make the appropriate adjustments and so that it doesn't lead to the confusion we had last year.
Teg November 08, 2012 at 12:18 PM
What happened is that CT keeps electing incompetent people. LEAVE our vacations alone, just extend the school year, it's idiotic how early they get out anyway
Bartlett November 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
In 2010 - Stonington missed 6 days of school for snow and had 5 delayed openings. In 2011 we had the hurricane only - no school days - but their was parental and Bd. pressure to fix the date of graduation - which caused last tears fiasco. This year the children have missed 5 days of school before the first snow fall. It would seem prudent to follow the Supt. suggestions which would allow for snow days to still be added at the end of the year with no impact on school vacations. The winter break is already down to 2 days and the spring break should never be touched. Parents, students and employees need the break - especially with the modern rigorous assessments that are forced on students that did not exist 10 - 20 years ago. Vacations also helps clear the schools of illness. Parents should also give up the idea of a fixed graduation date. By law - CT schools must complete 180 school days before the end of June. No exceptions. The Supt's. plan leaves and appropriate amount of wiggle room - in case we have a bad winter.
Bartlett November 08, 2012 at 04:14 PM
second sentence - no snow days.
Bartlett November 08, 2012 at 04:14 PM
& there in same sentence.

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