Education board reviews proposed 2017-18 school calendar

It appears school will start later than usual again next September, following a review of the 2017-18 school calendar by the Board of Education at its meeting on Sept. 22.

To accommodate renovation work being done at Miller-Driscoll School, Wilton students returned to school Tuesday, Sept. 6, this year. The 2017-18 calendar proposes a Tuesday, Sept. 5, start date.

Board of Education Chair Bruce Likly said he received “outstanding feedback” from parents who would like to see a late start date again next year.

Superintendent Kevin Smith said he is normally a proponent of starting school in late August, but noticed students and staffed seemed more “refreshed” as a result of the late start.

Board member Lory Rothstein agreed, saying teachers reported students being more ready to get to work.

Proposed calendar

According to the proposed 2017-18 calendar, Monday, Nov. 6, and Tuesday, Nov. 7 would be used for professional learning days and students would not have school.

Kindergarten through eighth grade conferences would be held Thursday, Nov. 16, through Tuesday, Nov. 21, making for shortened school days.

Wednesday, Nov. 22, would also be a shortened day, followed by Thanksgiving recess on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24.

There would be a two-hour delayed opening on Friday, Dec. 8, for professional learning, and winter recess would take place Monday, Dec. 25, through Friday, Dec. 29. There would also be no school on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

Students would have Friday, Feb. 16, off for February recess, and no school Monday, Feb. 19, for Presidents’ Day.

Spring recess would be Monday, April 9, through Friday, April 13, and students would have no school on Memorial Day, which falls on Monday, May 28, next year.

Other holidays on the proposed 2017-18 calendar include:

  • Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21.

  • Columbus Day: Monday, Oct. 9.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 15.

  • Good Friday: Friday, March 30.

On the proposed calendar, the last day of school would be Thursday, June 14.

The Board of Education will vote on the proposed calendar during its next meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Wilton High School Professional Library.