Among the items that sprang up at the January Westmoreland County School Board meeting was the approval of two school calendars Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry brought forward for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. The reasoning behind this, according to Dr. Perry, was so that they could begin planning for the second year right then and there.
The first calendar was described as “traditional” by Dr. Perry, with the school year not starting for students until after Labor Day. The next one, however, starts before Labor Day. Whether to start before or after Labor Day is rather heavily-discussed in this particular region, especially after the holiday calendar for this school year was adopted last March with the aim of synchronizing Westmoreland County Schools’ holidays with that of the nearby technical institute.
The second calendar was also drawn up in this manner so that high school students could complete their first semester before Christmas Break.
Dr. Perry noted, “When we break up our high school students’ semester and have them go home for Christmas, then have them come back two weeks later, review for a week and a half and then take an exam, I don’t believe students do better when they have such a huge interruption.”
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