January 21, 2022

Region 4 Approves 2013-2014 School Calendar with Shortened February Vacation

REGION 4— The school district has approved a 2013-2014 school calendar that cuts the February winter break while holding classes on Veterans Day and restoring the Columbus Day holiday. The calendar, along with some minor revisions to the calendar for this year, was approved Thursday by the Supervision District Committee.

The committee unanimously approved a calendar option that was endorsed last week after lengthy discussion by a calendar subcommittee. The 2013-2014 calendar will continue to recognize the two autumn Jewish holy days, which was done for the first time this year, while making the second Monday in October Columbus Day holiday a day off for students but a professional development day for district staff. School was in session for Columbus Day this year. In 2013, school will be open for the first time on the second Monday in November Veterans Day holiday.

In the biggest change, the 2013-2014 calendar will reduce the February winter vacation to just two days, Feb. 17, which is President’s Day in 2014, and Feb. 18. The reduced break will start early for students with a half-day professional development day on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The school year would end on June 11, 2014, depending on the number of days lost to weather events.

The major point of discussion for the calendar committee last week was whether to hold a half-day session on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, the day before Thanksgiving, and add one additional day to the February break, or whether to have the day before Thanksgiving off, as was done this year. The committee decided that with absences increasing on the day before Thanksgiving, students would gain receive more instructional time by having that day off and attending class on the Wednesday in the winter break.

In a minor change to the current calendar, there will be a one-half-day session on Friday Jan. 18. This would open up one additional snow cancellation day in a year where a full week of school has already been lost to Storm Sandy.