Education

Calendar Changes Made For Testing

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Board of Education made several changes to its 2014–2015 school calendar to accommodate standardized testing days.

According to interim superintendent Cheryl Dyer, the original version of the calendar had May 26 and May 27 listed as give back days if not all snow days are used during the school year. But, she said, those have now been designated by the state as standardized testing days.

So instead, give back days will be June 8, June 1 and May 22, in that order.

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In addition, the Board of Education has changed the language for determining when decisions will be made about give back days, based on the situations dealt with this year when too many days were called off because of snow.

The district has built in three snow days in the calendar, but has contingencies for if more are needed.

According to the new calendar, a decision will be made by Dec. 22 whether Jan. 2 needs to be reclaimed as a school day, and a decision will be made by Jan. 15 if Jan. 19 needs to be reclaimed as a school day.

Additional days that could be reclaimed if too many snow days are used are April 7, April 6 and June 19 (that last date will only be a half day if it needs to be reclaimed).

As for the 2015–2016 school calendar, which was approved at the June 10 board of education meeting, the district has been discussing Labor Day, because it is Sept. 7. The Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association has suggested that there be only one in-service day for teachers, instead of two, and students return to school Sept. 9.

In addition, Spring Break will begin with Good Friday instead of ending with Easter, so as to space it out better between January and the end of school.

Dyer said the same language is applying for snow days in that year, but changes may have to be made once the standardized testing dates are released.

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