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April 02, 2014

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misszippy

I truly wish we had a system set up where they'd yank away some of the professional days (I know teachers will hate me for saying this). But seriously, do we need that Thursday after spring break off? Take your kids to work day? Let's put some days back where the kids WILL get instruction, unlike the movie watching at the end of the year.

md_resident

misszippy hits the nail on the head. Get rid of most of those professional days, regardless if we had any snow or not.

Steffi

My question is - are these parents who are crying anguish over ruined vacation plans the same ones who posted scathing comments on the HoCo School System FB page every time the schools remained open when there were two inches of snow? You can't have it both ways.

Anne

I actually wrote a note to the BOE. I don't think we need to wring our hands about Summer vacation just yet. But, I think we need to regain instructional time. The nine days were compounded by a lot of late openings (confess I don't have the actual #).

There are five days left in the HCPSS calendar (excluding the 6 for Spring break) that are obvious candidates for make-ups:
1) Thursday, April 24 - schools closed for countywide professional development (with the April 21 Easter Monday holiday there are actually two closures in the same week)
2) Friday, May 16 - schools closed for Articulation Day
3) Monday, June 16 - 3-hour early dismissal
4) Tuesday, June 17 - 3-hour early dismissal
5) Wednesday, June 18 - 3-hour early dismissal

The State Superintendent encouraged districts to be "earnest in looking at ways to make-up days instead of just requesting a waiver."

Why should HCPSS take a shortcut and shortchange our students?

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