Superintendent asks to change policy for making up days

Dr. Bernard Josefsberg, superintendent for Easton, Redding and Region 9 public schools, posed the idea of changing the policy in which school days are made up due to inclement weather.

Dr. Josefsberg approached the Easton Board of Education with the idea of next year changing February break into a long weekend instead of a full week, giving back school days. Dr. Josefsberg said the board rejected this idea.

At the Redding Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, Dr. Josefsberg instead asked the board about considering changing the policy for next year’s calendar. He proposed that instead of taking away days from April break, the days would be taken from February break to make it a long weekend instead of a full week off from school.

He told the board that a decision would be made at the Tri-board meeting in January.

Mike D’Agostino, board member and member of the Calendar Committee, asked if this should be discussed and decided by the Calendar Committee.

When Dr. Josefsberg asked the question at the Dec. 4, Region 9 Board of Education meeting, Cathy Gombos, board chair, suggested the Calendar Committee meet before the Tri-board meeting to discuss the options.

Currently, when school is canceled due to weather, the days are added to the end of June, until June 21. After June 21, additional school days are made up by taking days from April vacation. If all the days in April vacation are used up, days are then taken from February break. If more days need to be made up, they are then added to the remaining days in June.

ER9 schools have missed five consecutive days due to Superstorm Sandy and have had two early dismissals due to snow.

Joel Barlow High School’s last day of school is now June 20 and Redding’s last day is June 21. Easton schools would also go until June 21, but will have to take a day from April vacation. Now their April vacation starts on Tuesday, April 16.

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