Update from James Scully about Snow days
James Scully sent an alert email to parents with a follow up on Snow days in Haverhill Public Schools:
Following up on my communication to you yesterday relevant to adjusting our schedule to accommodate the number of snow days, I am hereby providing an update. Since yesterday’s communication a significant number of parents were in agreement with the adjustments. Yes, some families and staff had already made vacation plans and we were making plans to adjust for those situations.
Some have suggested “blizzard bags” as is used in New Hampshire. In Massachusetts, there are two pilot programs being explored, however, no district is authorized to use such alternative methods. Critics including parents and educators, state that it is just worksheets being sent home and question the value (see Eagle Tribune – February 8, 2015). Some have proposed adding hours to the school day; the reality is that the district must still meet the 180 school day requirement.
As I mentioned in my message of February 11, 2015, while I have received positive feedback on my proposal, the leadership of the teachers’ union would not agree to a favorable adjustment in a timely manner so that I could inform all parties appropriately. Therefore, the school calendar stands as is. There will be changes in the marking periods and others scheduled activities for the period from March 2015 to June 2015.
These changes will be posted to our website in the very near future.
James F. Scully
Superintendent of Schools