UPDATED: Superintendent Seeking More Feedback on 2019-2020 Calendar; Committee To Vote in February

FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay said he wants the public to have more time to provide feedback on the proposed 2019-2020 school calendar, so he has asked the Framingham School Committee not to approve his draft calendar on Wednesday, January 16.

The Superintendent is requesting the 9-member School Committee vote on the proposed calendar on Wednesday, February 6.

Tremblay also said the district needed time to translate the calendar into Spanish and Portuguese for parents before it was voted on by the School Committee.

The Committee heard a presentation on the Calendar earlier this month.

The 9-member School Committee also voted earlier this month to re-name the federal Columbus Day holiday to Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s day by a vote of 5-4.

Anyone with thought on the calendar can email the Superintendent directly at rtremblay@framingham.k12.ma.us by Friday, January 18.

This school year, Tremblay unveiled four “no homework” days.They were August 30, November 29, and January 31 and May 30.

Editor’s Note: Many Framingham High teachers, especially honors and AP teachers, continued to assign homework on the no homework days this calendar year.

And Tremblay wants to continue with the practice of no homework days for 2019-20 and proposed the following days – August 29, October 31, January 30 and April 30.

Tremblay said he consulted with the district’s Office of Teaching and Learning in the district to select professional development days.

The Superintendent also said he considered no school on election days for safety reasons, to minimize or eliminate public interaction with students in the schools.

The proposed calendar has no school on September 17 (the preliminary election day) and on the City of Framingham election day on Tuesday, November 5. There was discussion at the last meeting to add possibly no school on the March 2020 primary election.

An updated version of the proposed calendar now has no school on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

The proposed calendar also only has one no school day for each of the Jewish holidays.

Superintendent Tremblay has labeled the no school day on October 14 as Columbus Day/ Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Below are some key dates in the proposed school calendar:

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 28 (grades 1-12)

Grade 9 orientation on Tuesday, August 27:

First day of Kindergarten on Thursday, August 29

Religious holidays – no school:

  • September 30 (Rosh Hashanah)
  • October 9 (Yom Kippur)
  • April 10 (Good Friday)

Vacations:

  • Monday, December 23 – Wednesday, January 1
  • February 17-21
  • April 20-24



Proposed 180th Day: June 17, 2020

Proposed graduation for the Class of 2020 – June 7

UPDATED: Source has added new versions of the proposed calendar

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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