Here's the complete scoop on the next two years' school calendar.
The Racine Education Association (REA) and the Racine Unified School District (RUSD) are proud to announce an agreement has been reached between the two organizations regarding the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school year calendars. Negotiations between the teachers’ union and the district are still ongoing, and the School Board will hold a ratification vote on the final contract that will include the mutually agreed upon calendar upon the completion of contract negotiations.
Some of the important notable points regarding the agreed upon calendar for the 2009-2010 school year are:
- Open houses for elementary and middle school families will be held on the evening of Monday, Aug.. 31, to allow students and parents/guardians to meet teachers prior to the start of school. Open houses had previously been held at the end of September or beginning of October.
- The first day of school will be Sept. 1 which is before the Labor Day holiday. School will not be in session on Monday, Sept. 7 so staff and students can celebrate the Labor Day holiday.
- There will be no school on Monday, Jan. 18, in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. School will be in session on Monday, Jan. 25, which had been a Records Day in which school was not in session.
- A winter break day has been scheduled for Feb. 26. This day could be used to make up any inclement weather days.
- Schools will now have early release days for staff professional development instead of late start. On the following days all schools will release students two hours early: Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Jan. 15, March 19 and May 14. In addition, elementary school students will be released three hours early on: Dec. 11 and Feb. 12 to allow for staff professional development.
- Parent teacher conferences will be held as has been past practice in November before Thanksgiving Recess, and schools will add 2nd semester parent teacher conferences in March. Parent teacher conferences for families with students in grades 4K-5 will be held on March 4 and March 5. Elementary students will be dismissed two hours early on March 4 and will not have school on March 5. Middle and high school students will have a two hour early release on March 4 to allow for parent teacher conferences.
Nicholas Whitman, executive director of the REA, stated, “The completion of the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 calendars is a significant milestone. These calendars address many issues of considerable concern to REA’s leaders and members. The increased number of parent-teacher conferences should allow more parents to become involved in their children’s education. The early release days will allow employees access to the professional development and common planning time that are necessary to fully access the opportunities reflected in the jointly created North Star vision statement. And, the calendars provide an opportunity for REA to honor Dr. King, a legendary civil rights leader and employee rights advocate.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Shaw said “the calendar was developed cooperatively between the REA and district representatives. The calendar is designed to improve education by increasing professional development time for staff, honoring diversity, and by responding to families’ requests to build in inclement weather days and return to early release days.”