Speaking of changing the school schedule

In Westborough, the School Committee used the schools’ website to weigh in on proposed changes to the school year. The town is considering moving to a single vacation week in March.

Get this novel idea: when the superintendent was overwhelmed with parental feedback by email, they put a simple poll online, according to this story.

An online poll! What a novel use of the Internet.


4 thoughts on “Speaking of changing the school schedule

  1. While I think that a single break would be helpful in getting out of school early at the end of the year, I do not think it would be best for the younger students to go for so long without a break. Also, the one-week march break would not alleviate any travel plans for vacations, as those are the weeks of spring break for most colleges.

  2. It’s not hard to go “so long without a break” – I know, because I did it. I grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania and attended a variety of schools – none of which had a week of vacation after Christmas, no sir. We had 3 days for Thanksgiving, a half-day Christmas Eve and then about a week for Christmas, and then Good Friday and Easter Monday. That’s it.

    When I first moved here, I couldn’t believe kids have 2 full weeks off here. How do the parents even mange that, I continue to ask myself? the 2009-2010 school year will be my chance to find out first-hand, as my preschooler will start kindergarten.

    (And don’t even get me started on the fact that she’s been in daycare/preschool full time for 5 years and is being relegated to a half-day kindergarten program. Every town in this state needs to get with the program and go to full-day kindergarten. Kids in the UK start full-day school at age 4 – no wonder the US can’t keep up!)

  3. I’m with you on the kindy issue. Full-day was on the lottery system in Northborough, where my son attended kindergarten, and I was told that it was in the works when I first checked out the schools here. Three years later, we ended up sending our daughter to a private full-day kindergarten — it would have been a step back to put her in a half-day program after three years in full-day preschool, and how do you manage that when both parents work?

  4. Glad to hear someone else understands; I don’t understand why it’s taking Grafton so long to do what other districts (Northborough, Westborough, Berlin, for pete’s sake) have already done.

    We can’t afford private K, esp. with me out of work right now, so she’s going to do K @ South Grafton for half the day and go to Early Learning Center on 122 for the other half – that’s where she goes now for their pre-K program, which uses the Grafton K curriculum.

    I hope for the Superintendent’s sake that my kid isn’t bored in K next year. When she’s bored, she’s a danger to herself and others. 😉

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