SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers public schools would take three one-week breaks and celebrate a four-day Memorial Day weekend under a tentative calendar for the 2017-18 academic year.
The draft calendar, unveiled a school board meeting earlier this month, calls for a 180-day academic year in the Somers Central School District. Classes would begin Sept. 5, the Tuesday immediately following the Labor Day weekend, and wrap up—tentatively—on June 22, 2018.
“Right now, it is a draft,” Superintendent Raymond Blanch said of the proposed calendar. “We’re waiting for the state to officially determine when the last day of school is. Once the state determines that, we can either stay with this or swing it one way or the other.”
He said the district hopes to have an answer from Albany in time to adopt an official calendar at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Weeklong breaks would occur in December, February and April, with the first and last of the recesses adding, respectively, a day in January and March.
The holiday sojourn would begin with school dismissal Dec. 22 and end with a return to class Jan. 2, providing 10 days off. The next month, schools will be shuttered from Feb. 19 to 23 for the winter recess. On March 30, a Friday, spring recess will begin, continuing through the first week in April. Classes resume on Monday, April 9, for another 10-day break.
In May, another add-on day—Friday, May 25—would help create a four-day weekend for Memorial Day. That day, however, would be among the first to go if snow or other contingencies close schools, cutting into the state-mandated total of 180 classroom days. As School Board President Sarena Meyer quipped, “God help us if we have more than four snow days.”