Dear Avon Families,
Our district has made a final decision on how we will handle the excess calamity days that were necessary this year due to the exceptional winter weather. I appreciate your patience as we took the time to investigate these options.
In Avon, we have been out seven days; this is two days beyond what is allowed. Based on this, we have three options:
- Add two days to the calendar
- Use Blizzard Bags to make up the days
- Extend school days in 30 minute increments to make up the lost instruction time
Our district has chosen to add two school days to the end of the year to make up this time. As a result, we will have school on June 4th and June 5th. Seniors are exempt from having to make up the days, and our graduation ceremony will take place as scheduled on May 31st. Our staff professional day scheduled for June 4th has now been moved to June 6th.
The last day for kindergarten classes is now June 2nd. Screening dates for next year’s kindergarten students will take place on June 3rd, 4th and 5th. Village school will be contacting families to reschedule screening times if necessary.
One question many people are asking is why we would not take advantage of the additional four days that was allowed by law. Districts MUST make up at least four days by using the options listed above before they can use the four additional days afforded by recent legislation. In short, we haven’t been out enough days to be eligible for the four additional days.
I do understand that this choice may not be the ideal choice for some, but it is the best choice for the district based on our circumstances.
I appreciate your patience and understanding.