More changes to the 2013-2014 calendar

The school board’s policy committee talked about the calendar for the 2013-2014 again this week, though they still have not made a decision about what the final product should look like.

Here’s what the version they brought forth on Tuesday looks like, along with some of my annotations:

Some highlights:

  • Snow days are scheduled to come out of April break, despite the fact that some board members — as well as parents — have expressed a desire to look to February instead.
  • There will be school on Veteran’s Day, a move that brought some backlash from local vets earlier this school year, when Superintendent Winifred Hamilton held classes that day to makeup days in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
  • April and February breaks take their regular place in the calendar, despite previous discussions about possibly shortening February break. In general, those breaks line up with neighboring districts, with the exception of Greenwich, which settled on a February break from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14.
  • The first day of school will be held after Labor Day on Tuesday, Sept. 3, which is a departure from recent years. It seems like Stamford is on its own in that regard: The first day for both Wilton and Darien’s will be Monday, Aug. 26; New Canaan, Westport, and Greenwich students will all return to class on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
  • The last day of school, Friday, June 20, is similar to some districts (Westport’s last day is Thursday, June 19 and Greenwich’s lines up perfectly with Stamford’s) and very different from others (New Canaan and Wilton both end classes on Thursday, June 12, while Darien’s last day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10).

Stamford is completing its calendar about a year after the other local school approved theirs, giving families and teachers only about seven months to firm up their travel plans before the first day of school.

But there’s still time for community members to chip in their own two cents about the proposal. The policy committee will meet one last time to discuss the calendar at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the board’s conference room on the fifth floor of Government Center. Then, the full board is expected to vote on the calendar later that night during the monthly regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. As always, the regular meeting will feature a time for the public to be heard before any business is conducted.

Maggie Gordon