January 28 2019

Proposed 2019/20 School Schedule Would Eliminate Good Friday as Observed Holiday

By: Rich Hosford

A proposed schedule change for next year’s school term would limit holidays off to federal holidays in an attempt to expand the winter break and have students head off for summer vacation near the middle of June.

“We have been asked to share this proposed Burlington Public School District calendar for 2019-2020 with our school community for feedback,” Pine Glen Principal John Lyons said in a letter to parents of Pine Glen students. “The attached version of the 2019-2020 is just a draft at this point and the School Committee would like to have a final version in late February or early March.”

The biggest change in the 2019-2020 calendar, Lyons points ous, is a move to only recognizing federal holidays. This would mean adding Good Friday, which falls on April 10 in 2020, as a school day.

“The addition of April 10 as a school day would also allow us to keep schools closed for two full weeks December 23-January 3 during our first school vacation and still have Friday, June 19 as our 180th day for students,” he said.

An additional change is scheduling the Parent Conference and Professional Development days on consecutive days in November rather than having them in different weeks and interrupting numerous weeks, the letter explains. This could be less disruptive to teachers, students and administrators.

“This past November we did not have any full five-day weeks of school,” Lyons said. “The proposed 2019-2020 calendar gives us two five-day weeks during November.”

Click here to check out the proposed calendar.


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