An 'F' in calendars
Ecuators find little value in policy
July 07, 2009
Newly issued state guidelines are meant to help area school districts make up cancelled days after a year filled with time lost from a devastating ice storm and the onset of H1N1 flu in many communities.
The guidelines further explain current policy, which require districts to schedule 185 days, with five of them built in for emergencies. Districts are mandated to hold 180 days of instruction.
The new guidelines "clarify" that schools should make up days lost between the first day of class and March 31, according to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Days lost between April 1 and June 1 must be added to the calendar until the district has 185 days scheduled.
See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.