BENTON — Parents who live in Fairfield Community Schools don’t need to worry about their spring break plans, but won’t have the same luxury for Easter or Memorial Day weekend.
In a plan approved by the school board Thursday, students will make up seven of the days lost in January and February on April 18 (Good Friday) and May 26 (Memorial Day), as well as the week of June 2. The last day of school would be June 6.
Beginning Wednesday, the corporation will also eliminate late starts on Wednesdays. Adding that 30 minutes back to the day for 12 Wednesdays will account for another day, the corporation’s eighth.
The corporation used President’s Day for a fog day from Sept. 30. Jan. 7 had already been waived by the state. Superintendent Steve Thalheimer said school officials were considering applying for additional waivers but he was given an indication those waivers would likely not be granted.
The make-up day plan did not take into account Thursday’s cancellation, or any other days that could come as a result of future storms. Thalheimer said letters were to go out to parents Friday informing them of the change to late starts, and letting them know that a new plan for other make-up days would be forthcoming.
Thalheimer said their next option would be to add time to the school day to make up for the lost instruction time. He said they are trying to avoid extending the school year past graduation on June 8. Summer school is also tentatively scheduled to begin June 10.
The board approved a number of changes to the schedule and curriculum at Fairfield Junior-Senior High School. Beginning next year, students will have an eight-period day instead of seven. Homeroom will be replaced with a 40-minute student resource time (SRT). The SRT will also allow the elimination of large study halls, and give students more opportunities to get help from teachers. It will still be a time for class and club meetings. Students who need the time for study hall will still be able to have seven classes in their schedule, whereas now they can’t.