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Changes in School Schedule Proposed to Make Up 'Irene Days'

School board soliciting comment from residents before voting on plan Sept. 21

Last year Ledyard students had seven snow days. This year, thanks to Irene, students missed three weather-related days even before school started.

But those days off will need to be made up, and at its regular meeting on Sept. 21, the school board will vote on a plan to make up the days.

The plan involves holding school on three days previously scheduled as days off. Half-day sessions would be held on  Nov. 23, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and Dec. 23, the Friday before Christmas Eve. A full day of school would be held on Feb. 21, 2012, the Tuesday after the long Presidents Day weekend.

“The Board realized that we have already missed three days even before the winter season begins,” schools Superintendent Michael Graner wrote to parents. “As it now stands, the school year will end on June 20; that would give us only three snow days prior to the anticipated graduation date of June 23.”

Graner said the board is hoping to solicit feedback from parents before it votes on the proposal.

Parents wishing to provide the board with some feedback on the proposed changes may contact any member of the Board of Education (their contact information is available at www.Ledyard.net) or email Graner at mgraner@ledyard.net

“We realize that there are other options, but we thought these days would be the least disruptive,” he said. “We understand that families may have prior travel plans on those days, and as they did last year, schools will make arrangements for students to make up missed work.” 

Stephanie Calhoun September 15, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Just to clarify the wording in the article February 21st would be a FULL day of school.
Jules Lambert Lemelin September 15, 2011 at 02:35 PM
I very much appreciate the proactive look our school board is taking about this issue and the communication that came from Dr. Graner in aniticipation of Irene and during the clean up.  I, personally think that another possible solution would be to look at the half days on Nov. 30, Dec.1st and 2nd becoming full days of school. Half days for parents are really a challenge to manage if you work period.  You may now incur an additional child care cost, if you are paid an hourly wage it may negatively impact the family and finally, if you have Middle and High School children you may not want all that unsupervised time. Our children are capable of enduring an entire month of school with no days off or half days.   I see utilizing the day before Thanksgiving and the day before Christmas eve as a time to make up hours not academic instruction.  I realize that there are many factors that go into completing the school calendar and as parents we appreciate the opportunity Dr. Garner offered in his letter to parents soliciting feedback from families.
Nora September 15, 2011 at 10:37 PM
I think it's too early to start these discussions. With 3 snow days left on the calendar, let's wait until winter starts her storming and take it from there. Agree to have Feb 21st as a full day, good choice. However, realistically, creating half days before Thanksgiving and Christmas break adds up to low attendance days. The reason why these days off are in place is because school attendance is typically very low the day before a major holiday in part because families who have to travel out of town leave a day early. And I believe the half days in place for teachers have proven effective for them so I believe those should be kept. As it 's my understanding that on these frequent half days, the teachers stay for workshops that benefit and enhance their teaching knowledge and skills that comes through to the students throughout the year. So, since winter hasn't even begun let's compromise and pick the Feb 21st holiday as a school day for now and see what the winter brings. Thanks!
Julian Lupienski September 17, 2011 at 07:33 PM
its not too early. planning means looking ahead. it is wiser to give parents input than spring it on them at the last moment. satisfying everyone is impossible. Dr. Garner and the school board need to be congratulated for their foresight.

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