State law requires that Illinois public schools be in session a minimum of 176 days. As a result of this requirement, we will need to add time to the end of the school year to make up the emergency day we used on Friday, February 9. With that said, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has confirmed that we will only need to make up a half day since the utilization of the emergency day occurred during parent-teacher conferences.
During its meeting on Tuesday, April 10, the Board of Education will review a recommendation from the administration to change the last day of school from Thursday, May 31 to Friday, June 1. This will be a half day of student attendance at all 10 of our schools, with the elementary buildings in session from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the middle schools in session from 9 a.m. to noon. This change will not impact the date or time for our eighth grade graduation ceremonies.
In terms of the Institute Day scheduled for Friday, June 1, we identified two primary options for conducting this session. These options included:
- Holding the first half of the Institute Day during the afternoon on Friday, June 1 and the other half during the morning on Monday, June 4
- Holding the entire Institute Day on Monday, June 4, and offering either in-service training or engaging in school improvement activities on Friday, June 1 as required by ISBE
Based on feedback we received from leaders across the district, we will be recommending to the board that we break up the Institute Day into two half-day sessions on June 1 and June 4. This means that the school year for our teachers will conclude at noon on June 4.
Lastly, since there are a total of five emergency days built into our calendar, we strongly encourage people to hold off on making any travel plans or other summer commitments until after Friday, June 8.