Most years teachers and students can plan for an official last day of school on their calendars at the start of the year.
But this year isn’t like most years, with record-setting low temps canceling more school days than planned for in the current district calendar. The Hinsdale District 86 school board will meet Monday, March 17 to decide on changes to the school calendar to makeup for the missed days.
Discussion at the March 3 District 86 committee of the whole meeting, as reported in The Doings, said Superintendent Bruce Law suggested the board make June 12 the last day of school. Law announced at that meeting that the original Hinsdale Central graduation date of May 29 and Hinsdale South date of May 30 would remain unchanged.
Board member Jennifer Planson spoke on behalf of parents who had expressed not wanting to go beyond the scheduled June 6 date, according to The Doings article. Since then, a Hinsdale Central Junior has started a Change.org petition requesting the board not extend the school year. The petition had 1,236 signatures, as of Thursday afternoon.
Melissa Vranicar, the student who started the petition, wrote that adding days would mean extra, unnecessary work for teachers. Comments on the petition in support of it cite planned vacations, summer jobs and camps already paid for as reasons not to extend the school year until June 12.
According to a memo on the district’s website, discussion about altering the school calendar ranges from using holidays, spring break days or adding late-start days to makeup for lost teaching time. The board meets 7 p.m., Monday at Hinsdale Central to make a final decision.