Granby School Year Must Meet 180-Day Requirement

School officials in Granby have lost their fight to get the state to allow Wells Road Intermediate School to close for the academic year two days short of the mandated 180 days. Full Story
Former South End Boy

Overland Park, KS

#1 Jun 8, 2009
The town of Vernon is in the same boat and noone there requested a waiver.

I was under the impression that Granby wanted the waiver to avoid going to school in July. This refusal makes a lot more sense now.
Rhode Island Red

Granby, CT

#2 Jun 9, 2009
Wait until this winter when experts anticipate that this strain of flu will return with a vengence! Granby administrators will probably think twice about closing the schools now-at least one can only hope....
Smoke em if you got em

Granby, CT

#3 Jun 9, 2009
Shouldn't have closed for the one kid who might have had to flu. Pay the piper Addley!
John

Chicopee, MA

#4 Jun 9, 2009
Some teacher contracts say they can't teach in July. I don't know what Granby says. Perhaps they should start earlier. Like 2 weeks before labor day.

Since: Jul 08

Portland

#5 Jun 9, 2009
John wrote:
Some teacher contracts say they can't teach in July. I don't know what Granby says. Perhaps they should start earlier. Like 2 weeks before labor day.
Such a stupid clause to have in a contract, teachers should teach until they meet the 180 days required by law regardless if it goes into july.
Thomas Paine

Hartford, CT

#6 Jun 9, 2009
Saw this coming. I'll just keep my kid home.

Homeschooling is becoming more attractive every year.
West Hartford Mom

New Britain, CT

#7 Jun 9, 2009
Ridiculous! I hope a lot of people keep their vacation reservations if they have already paid deposits. Also, let the person who wrote this editorial spend a day in the classroom with restless first and second graders the last week of June. Then let's see his/her point of view
What

Norwich, CT

#8 Jun 9, 2009
Story says:

"We acknowledge the disappointment of kids who are ready for summer fun, and the disgruntlement of parents who might have planned a family vacation with an earlier June date in mind. But education comes first. Even 180 school days are too few in our book."

Too few? Don't they mean.. "Too Many?"

School, should only be 4 days a week in my book.

Homeschooling is a much better choice. There is no reason for 180 days a year, nor 5-6 hours a day for 12 years.
Co Stanza

Hartford, CT

#9 Jun 9, 2009
West Hartford Mom wrote:
let the person who wrote this editorial spend a day in the classroom with restless first and second graders the last week of June. Then let's see his/her point of view
the little b@st@rds are only restless when they HAVE TO LEARN. If theyre allowed to text and twitter to pass the time, they'll stay all summer if they were forced to.
CONNunist

Hartford, CT

#10 Jun 9, 2009
If the temp hits 95+ those last two days of June, how much do you think those kids will really be paying attention? The state should have given them the two days, and called it a year.
martha

West Hartford, CT

#11 Jun 9, 2009
What % of our kids are in school 180 days per year.....not many. I would not change any of my summer plans, I would keep my kids out. It is certainly not the parents fault that the superintendent closed the schools. Remeber that when this all started there was little known @ this strand. I would much rather have the school closed as a precautionlry meause, then run the risk of a full blown epidemic.

Since: Jul 08

Portland

#12 Jun 9, 2009
good lord, its not that big of a deal! if the parents had planned vacation then continue with he plans, the kids arent missing much the last two days of school anyway. It can be 95 degrees in the beginning of june and sometimes may, should we make sure school is out before then? if you want the kids out earlier maybe its time to get rid of february break. if they make an exception here it sets a precent for other schools to do the same to skirt the 180 day rule.
Red_Rodeo

Denver, CO

#13 Jun 9, 2009
You guys have nothing better to complain about....WOW
Smoke em if you got em

Derby, CT

#14 Jun 9, 2009
martha wrote:
I would much rather have the school closed as a precautionlry meause, then run the risk of a full blown epidemic.
With an outlook like that, your kids would never be in school - there is always something going around. Humans have immune systems that work most of the time.
granby raised then left

New Britain, CT

#15 Jun 9, 2009
The law is clear 180 day school year. Even if you have vacation planned, snow days, it is inconvienent. There should be no exception for any school in any town under any circumstance.
If your vacation is more important to you then your kids education, pull them out two days earlier and deal with the consequences. Should not be a big deal unless you have chronically absent children. In that case, maybe you should reset your priorities
Mom

New Hartford, CT

#16 Jun 10, 2009
Teachers should be forced to work all year. When the main school year ends, they should spend the next two months writing curricula, etc. instead of stepping out for a long summer vacation at the taxpayers' expense. WTF kind of scam is this? Especially given the fact that most teachers are whiny, ill-educated, complainers who bully the towns with their collective bargaining scam.

Losers, most of them.
Dream on

Granby, CT

#17 Jun 18, 2009
John wrote:
Some teacher contracts say they can't teach in July. I don't know what Granby says. Perhaps they should start earlier. Like 2 weeks before labor day.
I believe it's a state law that you can't extend the school year beyond July 1.

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