Board to vote on 13-14 calendar with 2-day February break

The Stamford Board of Education is set to vote on a calendar for the 2013-2014 school year, which features a few changes when compared to this year’s calendar, including a two-day February vacation, rather than the standard week-long break. Here’s a preview of the calendar included in the agenda for Tuesday night’s regular meeting (if you feel like perusing the entire packet, you can find the calendar version on Page 99, which is the last page):

The two-day February break is likely in response to administrators’ requests to take snow days out of February break this year in an attempt to maximize class time before high-stakes testing takes place in March. Earlier this month, when administrators made their case for such amendments in the current year’s calendar, Board members decided to stick with the current plan (to pull days from April break), but mentioned that they could look into that suggestion for upcoming calendars.

But what’s the plan for additional snow days next year? In the current calendar, the process is spelled out at the very top of the page, but that’s noticeably absent in the 2013-2014 version:

The calendar, which I annotated with interesting departures from the current year's calendar.

The third significant change in this calendar is that the district would begin school after Labor Day, on Sept. 3, roughly a week after this school year began. The last day would remain similar, on the third Friday in June.

Maggie Gordon