Answer: Let me begin by saying that, although they seem simple, school calendars can be very complicated because of the state education laws that govern them. For instance, state education law states that school districts can have shortened sessions for staff development up to eight times a year, four times a semester.
Looking at each type of day you bring up in your question, I can tell you:
- Regents days count as instructional days;
- Half days for professional development count as instructional days;
- Half days for conferences count as instructional days; and
- Superintendents conference days count as instructional days (although students do not attend school on those days, faculty is in attendance for professional development).
As I said, the laws governing school district calendars can be complicated, so if you have any additional questions about the district calendar, please feel free to call my office at 954-2500, or stop by the district office at 20 Pine Street to talk with me in person.
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, District Superintendent