District 112 Amends School Calendar to Replace Lost Days

School will extend into June and two planned early dismissal days have been canceled.

District 112 students will have to stay in school longer in June than expected and will not get two planned early dismissal days in order to make up for lost school days when buildings were closed for bad weather.

Below is information from the school's announcement:

Calendar Impact

The number of school cancellations to date has inconvenienced families and staff, and has disrupted instructional time.  Under state law, the annual board-approved school calendar includes five emergency days at the end of the school year.  To date, all schools with the exception of Oak Terrace and Green Bay have now used five days.   Those days will be made up on the five days in June that were already designated as emergency days.  Additionally, in order to make up for some lost instructional time, two planned early release dates on February 5 and April 29 will be eliminated. Please note the revised calendar dates:

Amended early release dates:

February 5:  Full-day of school (no early release)

April 29:  Full-day of school (no early release)

Last day of school:

Oak Terrace Kindergarten and Green Bay Early Childhood:  Tuesday, June 10

All other kindergarten students:  Wednesday, June 11

Oak Terrace grades 1 to 5: Thursday, June 12

All schools Grades 1 to 7, except Oak Terrace:   Friday, June 13

Note:  8th graders will not be affected.  Graduation will remain Monday, June 2

Possibility of future emergency days:

There is still plenty of winter ahead of us.  In the event that additional emergency days are necessary,  we will consider using other alternatives, including following state procedures to request approval for a waiver as an Act-of-God day. Districts are not required to make up approved Act of God days.

MS January 30, 2014 at 07:26 AM
Pulaski day still off?
Gigi January 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM
According to the original calendar they never had March 3rd off. Deerfield District 109 has that day off.
Dr. Terry January 30, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Just cancel all the Spring breaks.
Stu Pidasso January 30, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Who cares? When you look at the big picture looking back 20 -30 years did it really make a difference in your life if you missed a couple of extra days of school when you were younger?? I highly doubt it, if you are realistic at all about it....
forest barbieri January 30, 2014 at 05:40 PM
@ Dr Terry Obviously you either do not have children affected or do not travel for Spring Break. Spring break reservations were made in November with no cancel tickets and hotel reservations. This is not a realistic option. The options are exactly what they are doing in using early release et al and as to Stu's point, many who already have Summer reservations are not going to stay for the extra days anyway and I doubt it will make a difference to anyone. The school needs to be in session to get their funds (I believe that the use of early release days may also be tied to that). The learning involved that last week will be minimal to none. @ Dr Terry...Summer vacations are booked in December and maybe into January:)
Dr. Terry January 31, 2014 at 01:02 AM
So your point is we value spring vacations as more important than education...and any reservations can be changed to a different date...even though it might involve in a few extra bucks...but forbid we deny the prince/princess of HP ther vacation..the whinning would be heard all the way to Highwood.
forest barbieri January 31, 2014 at 03:33 AM
@Dr. Terry My point is that the issue is being handled and that cancelling Spring Break is not currently on the table (Read the header and article). BTW as we value education, we also value our breaks. Today, cancelling Spring Break accomplishes what? Somehow that would enhance the education process? Some reservations cannot simply be cancelled or a matter of a "few" extra bucks. Rather nasty in your reference to HP. Spring Break is "for the kids" (and teachers), just like the education that takes place during the other 9+ months. Students, parents and teachers throughout America as well as several businesses and indeed our economy, values Spring Break. I will say that obviously, if Snow Armageddon closed schools for a prolonged time going forward, it would need to be considered and yes, some plans would change and some would still choose to travel. However we are not at that point yet.
Stu Pidasso February 05, 2014 at 03:12 PM
@" Dr." Terry its "Whining" not "Whinning". I see why education is important to you....


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