The 2020-21 school calendar for Sandwich School District 430 was approved at the recent school board meeting, with school starting one day earlier than last year. The first day of student attendance will be Thursday, Aug. 20, with a 1:10 p.m. dismissal.
Superintendent Rick Schmitt announced that trimesters are being implemented for the first time this school year. He said feedback from staff and parents indicated it would be best if parent-teacher conferences are scheduled later in November to allow enough time to complete assessments and communicate to parents the entire trimester progress.
The 2020-21 calendar shows Monday, Nov. 23, with half-day classes and dismissal at 11:30 a.m. followed by parent teacher conferences from noon to 8 p.m. There will be no school Tuesday, Nov. 24, and there will be parent teacher conferences that day from 8 a.m. until noon. There is no school Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 30, for Thanksgiving break.
For winter break, students will be dismissed at 1:10 p.m. Dec. 18, and there will be no school Monday, Dec. 21, through Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. School resumes Tuesday, Jan. 5. Spring break in 2021 is Monday, March 29, through Monday, April 5.
The last day of the second semester for grades six through 12 and for grades kindergarten through five of the 2021 school year will be Friday, May 28, with dismissal at 1:10 p.m. With the additional five emergency days in the calendar, the final day of school could be Monday, June 7, 2021. Graduation ceremonies are planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in the Sandwich High School gymnasium.
Schmitt pointed out that in order “to guide families when planning events, it’s specified on the 2020-21 calendar that should an emergency day be used prior to the 2021 Spring Break, the Monday after Easter, April 5, will revert to an attendance day” with students required to attend school. The calendar indicates there are 175 attendance days, one full day of parent teacher conferences, four teacher institutes, and five emergency days.
The next regular Sandwich School Board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, one week earlier than usual, in the Resource Room at Sandwich Middle School, 600 S. Wells St.
Source: The Daily Chronicle