Hurricane Sandy’s wallop struck far and wide. Ita after-effects are still being felt.
Including on the Westport School district calendar.
With the storm wiping out the 3 days built in for emergencies — plus 2 others — adjustments must be made.
Among the considerations:
- Not going to school too late in June
- Keeping instructional time prior to CMT tests for 3rd through 8th graders in march, and AP exams for high school students in May
- The need to plan in advance for any changes, so adjustments can be made by parents and staff.
One option would eliminate spring recess (April 16-19) entirely. School would still end Thursday, June 20.
The 2nd choice would shift staff development days (“no school” for students only) from January 18 (the Friday before Martin Luther King Day — turning a 4-day weekend into 3) and February 25 (the Monday after winter break) to April 16 and 17 (the Tuesday and Wednesday of spring break). School would end Friday, June 21.
In other words, Option 1 would make one change only: no spring break.
Option 2 would mean, among other things, that students would have a 3-day spring break: Monday through Wednesday, April 15-17.
School calendars always generate controversy. There is never a perfect solution — and changes in mid-year are never easy.
Click “Comments” to weigh in. Rational arguments only, please, on the merits and/or drawbacks of options 1 and 2 — no ad hominem attacks!(NOTE: Click here for a copy of the current 2012-13 school calendar.)