Rhinebeck Board Designates Unused Emergency Closing Days as Potential Modifications to the 2018-19 School Calendar
As many parents and staff are aware, the 2018-19 school calendar was built to provide for five (5) emergency closing days. To date, only two (2) of those emergency closing days have been needed. Due to the contractual length of the teacher work year, the following dates were designated by the Board of Education at the March 26, 2019 BOE meeting, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, as “No School” days, IF and only IF no additional emergency closing days are needed for the rest of the current school year:
Friday, April 12 and Monday, April 22
One additional unused emergency closing day has not yet been designated by the Board of Education as a “No School” day, upon the Superintendent’s recommendation. That day will be designated as a “No School” day IF it is not needed as an additional emergency closing day during the next several weeks.
In the event that the District must use two or three additional emergency closing days during the next several weeks, the dates listed above will revert to regular school days in the following order:
1. Friday, April 12 then 2. Monday, April 22
For example, if the District experiences an emergency closing within the next few weeks, Friday, April 12 would again become a regular day of school for students and staff. If we experience a second emergency closing, Monday, April 22 would again become a regular day of school for students and staff. In the event of a third emergency closing day, we would use the third undesignated emergency closing day. In the event of a fourth emergency closing day, Friday, May 3 would become a regular day of school for students and staff. In the event of the need for a fifth emergency closing day, Friday, May 24 would become a regular day of school for students and staff.
At this time of year, weather and related travel conditions, as well as other reasons requiring an emergency closing, such as a power outage or a water-related emergency, are not uncommon. Therefore, parents and staff are strongly suggested NOT to commit to plans that can’t be changed for the “give back” emergency closing dates above, should the District need to reschedule school on those days due to a need for emergency closing days during the rest of the current school year.
Thank you in advance for understanding and for planning accordingly.