Warrick Co. school board voted to extend winter vacation for 2021-22

2021-11-24 03:17:03 By : Ms. Lan Xu

Now, I'm lying in bed typing, I might avoid the next thing to do. Today is the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, and I have to wake up my elementary-age daughter. She was very excited last night. When I asked her about the school yesterday, she told me that they did a review and had a great time. Going to bed is a challenge, getting up now will be a bigger challenge.

I mean, they have two days this week, so what else are you going to do? You can't really spell, or teach them new math skills, or enter a new science or social research unit. They will not keep anything.

So when I woke up in the morning and saw the email from Warwick School Company, I was happy for her, but not excited about the parents who had to scramble to find the last-minute nursery.

The email stated that the WCSC Education Committee voted to start Warrick Co. Schools' winter vacation/holiday at the end of the course on Friday, December 17, and resume classes on Monday, January 3, 2022. Previously, the course should go through Tuesday, December 21, but due to the low attendance, the board of directors decided to adjust the calendar.

They went on to say that the YMCA will also adjust their childcare service options. You can find information about what is available here. 

Here are the complete notes from school director Todd Lambert:

Earlier tonight, the WCSC Education Committee voted to approve changes to the 2021-2022 school year calendar. More specifically, the board of directors approved the start of this year's Christmas holiday at the end of the course on Friday, December 17. Students, faculty and staff will resume classes on Monday, January 3, 2022.

The last day of the course on the calendar is on Tuesday, December 21st. The reasons for this calendar adjustment are as follows:

Attendance rates for two weeks and three days are lower than our attendance rates for a full week. The shortened number of weeks usually aligns with our main holiday, and our family wants to have as much time as possible to connect with local and distant family members. Knowing that we are already working hard to ensure enough substitute teachers on high-traffic days, this adjustment can help meet this challenge.

Our students, faculty, staff and families have never needed to take the lead during the holidays like this year. In order to keep schools open and provide quality education to students during the pandemic, our teachers and staff have been challenged physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our students and families have adapted to their lives and daily lives, and the school is the source of many of these changes. Starting a vacation a few days earlier can allow our employees and family members to extend their charging time.

WCSC currently has eight days for us to use at our discretion. Due to our strong academic status and longer than average school time, these days are a combination of snow makeup days and the days provided for us. We designate five of these days as snow makeup days, and we will use two of the remaining three days to cover December 20 and 21. In addition, all WCSC staff, whether certified or uncertified, will be paid for these days.

WCSC students do not need to make up for these days, nor do they need e-learning days. Similarly, our school time has been longer than average, and we have accumulated enough time to make adjustments.

YMCA has agreed to provide services to very customer families. They will provide care at designated locations throughout the county from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm on December 20 and December 21. This information will be provided in the next few days so that families can sign up for this option. Some schools may need to make slight changes to the end-of-semester activities and schedules to accommodate the changes. Find specific information about any specific calendar changes from your school.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We hope you can use the extra two days in late December to prepare for your holiday.