Required School Calendar Changes - UPDATED

Spring Recess

REQUIRED SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES

April 6, 2017

Dear Cairo-Durham School District Families,

This letter is to remind you that due to the excessive number of snow days used this year, Cairo-Durham Central School District will be in session on April 20-21, 2017.  In addition, in order to meet the 180 day "In­ Session" requirement, April 13th must also be changed to a full day of instruction for K-12.

I would also like to take this opportunity to notify families that we have scheduled an Emergency Early Dismissal drill on April 21, 2017.  All students will be dismissed 15 minutes early.  The Middle/High School students will be dismissed at 2 p.m., and Elementary School students will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m.  Please note that parents picking up students at dismissal need to be to the Middle/High School no later than 1:45 p.m. and for the Elementary School no later than 2:45 p.m.

Procedure for the Emergency Early Dismissal drill requires that all students, faculty and staff vacate school buildings for at least 20 minutes after which time they may return to the school for any after school activities.

Thank you for your attention to these school calendar changes.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the district office, or your student's main office.

Sincerely,

Anthony J. Taibi

Superintendent of Schools

 

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See below for a letter from Superintendent Taibi regarding adjustments made to the 2016-2017 school calendar as a result of weather-related school closings:

 

March 29, 2017

 

Dear Cairo-Durham Families,

 

As you know, winter brought us a lot of snow that impacted our school calendar this year. Unfortunately, the District was forced to go beyond the number of days allotted for emergency closings. In order to receive full state aid, we are required by law to have no fewer than 180 days of instruction. Therefore, the school calendar has been adjusted to ensure that there is no loss of state aid.

 

We have done quite a bit of work, looking at all possible scenarios that would preserve the Spring Recess in its entirety (April 14-21, 2017). Every effort was made to try to come up with alternatives and, unfortunately, we were not successful in finding a solution that preserved the April break. As it stands, the only way to ensure that there is no loss of state aid is to have two full instruction days over April break.

 

Therefore, the plan for our amended district calendar is as follows:

 

  • Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 will be K-12 full days of instruction

  • Tuesday, May 16 (Budget Vote Day) will change from a K-12 half day to a 6-12 half day only (K-5 will be a full day of instruction in order to avoid exceeding the maximum number of half days in a semester and be in full compliance with state attendance requirements)

 

It is important to note that despite one snow day being declared a state of emergency, it still counted as a used snow day since at the time, we still had not exhausted all our vacation days planned for the year. While that might not seem fair, it is written in the NYS regulation that having a state of emergency on a snow day only benefits a school if it had already used up all of its allotted snow days and had no remaining vacation days.

 

We know that this plan still is not perfect and may create some additional issues, but we are trying to

maximize meaningful instructional time for the remainder of the school year.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal or myself at the district office.

 

Sincerely,

 

Anthony J. Taibi

Superintendent of Schools

 
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