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Old 03-23-2012, 01:59 PM
 
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The School Board will be considering revisions to the 2011-12 school year since, so far, FCPS has used only one of its three weather-related makeup days. At its March 29 regular meeting, the board will begin to consider whether to schedule the last day of school for Friday, June 15, rather than on Tuesday, June 19, as noted in the current school calendar. It will vote on the change at its April 12 meeting. If the board approves the calendar change, it will reassign June 18 and 19 as teacher workdays. However, if any unforeseen emergency closings should be required, schools may require make-up days. FCPS will keep parents informed once a decision is made by the School Board. For details on the agenda item under consideration, please visit the School Board web site at http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=8SLKT8535FEA.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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If they change the date of the last day of school, will they change the graduation dates too? Many of the schools have graduation scheduled after the 15th.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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Right on! Two additional days of education is a bad-bad thing! How dare they penalize my son by expecting him to learn more just because the winter was warm this year!!
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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If they change the date of the last day of school, will they change the graduation dates too? Many of the schools have graduation scheduled after the 15th.
I'm sure they would not change graduations. Those contracts have been signed, people have ordered their invitations, etc. that's why I am pleasantly shocked they will actually consider this. But then again, what's lost at the elementary level? Nothing. Monday is an early release day and the last day of school is always only two hours long. For once, they are looking at something that makes sense.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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They shortened the student calendar a few years ago when all the inclement weather days weren't used and then we were hit with some bad windstorms in late spring which caused some schools to be closed. Looks like this time they are building in contingency language.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Their prime motivation is probably to screw several thousand support personnel out of two days pay.

Oh well, what's two days added the eleven weeks of no income that is already scheduled...
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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Their prime motivation is probably to screw several thousand support personnel out of two days pay.

Oh well, what's two days added the eleven weeks of no income that is already scheduled...
Good point.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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Is Fairfax the last county in the US to still have half days on Monday? Many schools did that in the 60's but all of them abandoned it. It's ridiculous that Fairfax teachers still have that.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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Is Fairfax the last county in the US to still have half days on Monday? Many schools did that in the 60's but all of them abandoned it. It's ridiculous that Fairfax teachers still have that.
Arlington has early release Wednesdays for most elementary schools.
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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Is Fairfax the last county in the US to still have half days on Monday? Many schools did that in the 60's but all of them abandoned it. It's ridiculous that Fairfax teachers still have that.
Myself, and many of my colleagues I've talked to, wouldn't mind doing away with early release Mondays. Take the 2.5 hours planning time and spread it out throughout the week. Add two student hours to Monday and shorten the student day by half an hour T-F.

Btw, students are released 2.5 hours early on Monday, so it really isn't a "half day". If they were release 3 hours and 20 minutes early, then it would be a half day.
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