Dear Students, Staff, Parents, and Community Members:
I wanted to make you aware that we used our last remaining emergency closing day for the 2018-2019 school year. Given that it is only February 12th and we have already missed six days of instruction due to “snow days”, there are two things that concern me: 1) the lost instructional time with our students and 2) meeting state minimum requirements for school calendars.
In order to address these concerns, we are going to make a slight adjustment to the 2018-2019 school calendar. Monday, March 18th, which was originally planned as a professional development day, will now be designated as a student contact day. We will hold a full day of school on Monday, March 18th for students and staff. This will allow teachers to use March 18th to make up for lost instructional time.
In the event that we have another emergency closing day, we may announce a “snow day” for students and require instructional staff to report for a professional development day depending on road conditions. Schools can count up to four professional development days towards meeting school calendar requirements. To date, we have held three professional development days. Additionally, if we have to use an eighth “snow day”, we would use Friday, May 24th as a student contact day.
We are making every effort to avoid disrupting any spring break plans students and families may have already, however, in the event that we have to use more than eight snow days prior to April break, we may have to make adjustments to spring break. Again, we are looking to avoid disrupting anyone’s spring break plans, and we would notify you as soon as possible regarding any changes to April break.
In closing, we look forward to having students and staff in session on Monday, March 18, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to contact me at 315-677-9728 (office), 315-529-9550 (cell), or firstname.lastname@example.org
Superintendent of Schools
LaFayette Central School District