We are writing to share some important changes to the Cohort Calendar that have been made to provide a more equitable distribution of in-person instruction days between the two cohorts as well as give important information about the upcoming winter months that may impact the school calendar.
Please be advised that Wednesday, January 20 and Wednesday, April 7 will now shift from being Cohort A in-person instructional days to Cohort B in-person instructional days. These changes will balance the total number of full-day in-person instructional days so that each cohort will have 72 full school days over the course of the year.
At this time, Cohort B continues to have three more half days than Cohort A, which equates to 1.5 more total days of in-person instructional time. This total includes the final three days of school, which are early releases for grades K-6.
Emergency Closure and Compensatory Days
This year, the state is allowing school districts to shift to fully virtual instruction in the event of inclement weather rather than close school buildings. Whether we use this option and preserve our emergency closure days will depend on if the forecast is likely to cause power or internet outages, which would make remote learning on that day unfeasible.
In the event that the District does not use any emergency closure days, there will be no school for students on May 27 and May 28 as these days have been designated as compensatory days on the school calendar. If the District uses just one emergency closure day, there will be no school on May 28. If the District uses two or more emergency closure days, both May 27 and May 28 will remain instructional days.
We will continue to review the calendar to monitor whether further adjustments are necessary as a result of the emergency closure or compensatory days.
As the school year continues to unfold, we recognize that school closures, quarantines and other logistical challenges will affect the number of in-person days students will have in unpredictable ways. Please know that we are doing our best to keep students in school as much as possible while creating as safe of an environment as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these challenges together.
The Pelham Public Schools