Monday, March 29, 2010

School might not start until mid-September

Boston Public Schools may not start come back from summer break until Sept. 13, according to the Boston Herald. School usually begins two days after Labor Day (Sept. 6), but this year, that falls on the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana, which begins sunset Sept. 8 and lasts until Sept. 10. The Boston Teachers Union wants to delay the start until the 13th.

Other schools have pushed the start date before Labor Day. The Boston School Committee will decide on the start date this summer.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay, I am a teacher and think a start date of Sept. 13th is ridiculous. I am all for giving the religious holidays off but when the Jewish holidays fall so early in September my district (and teachers union) always votes to begin early- before labor day. It just makes so much more sense- mcas are given in May which means as a teacher I need to be through the majority of my curriculum by then. By not beginning until Sept. 13th we are missing 2 weeks of time before the mcas! Not to mention by the time June comes along the kids are restless, most schools don't have a/c and they are so wiped out. Please be vocal and encourage the school committee and teachers union to look at alternative calendars!

Geeky Mama said...

I completely agree.

From my purely selfish perspective, that's two more weeks in which I have to find back-up childcare.

Anonymous said...

why is it that the BTU always has to make things difficult? Lets see them try to come up with some excuse as to how this "helps the children"

Anonymous said...

Geeky Mama - FYI for K1 and K2 school doesn't start until the Monday of the week AFTER labor day. This year (2009-10) school started for K1 and K2 on Sept 14! In 2010 labor day is late again and school would start for K1 and K2 on Sept 13 regardless of the Jewish Holidays.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if that means K1 and K2 would start even later? I work in another district and we're starting before Labor Day (but still in Sept). I'd much rather have the extra days in September than June!

Anonymous said...

Got a union letter today, school is actually going to start a day earlier, The Wed after labor day instead of Thursday so students celebrating the Jewish holidays don't have to miss the first day of school. Kindergarten will start on the following Monday.

Martha, BPS teacher and mom to future K2 student

Geeky Mama said...

Thanks, Martha. So kindergartners will start Sept. 13.