Melynda answers some questions raised at PTA meeting

posted Feb 10, 2011, 5:39 PM by Chris Miller
Hello.  At the PTA Council meeting last night, I was able to ask Dr. Sherman about some questions that came up Tuesday night regarding the waiver that would be needed from the state in order to start school before Labor Day.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the waiver on March 3. If it is approved, it will be sent to the state committee on March 4.  That committee meets in mid-March, and two committee meetings will be required for it to be acted upon, so it will be sometime in April before we would know for certain when the school start date would be.  As for whether or not the waiver is likely to be granted, Dr. Sherman was very confident that it would be granted.  He said that no request had been turned down in the past for academic reasons.

It may be useful to note that even if the School Board were to delay the pre-Labor Day start to the following school year, the waivers are approved each year for the following school year.   If we waited a year to implement this change, we would still be requesting the waiver under this same time frame.  It's not possible to request a waiver now for the 2012-2013 school year, or to defer until next year a waiver that is granted for this year.

Dr. Sherman also underscored that principals and teachers will make accommodations for students who will miss the first week of school because of travel or other plans that cannot be changed, just as they do for students who are absent during the school year for various reasons. 

I hope this is helpful.  If you have further questions, I will try to answer them.