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FRHSD Adds 4 Days to Calendar Due to Sandy

As of now the state will not consider waiving the 180 school day requirement.

The Freehold Regional High School District Board of Education approved a revised version of the 2012-2013 calendar at a special meeting Monday night which includes four additional school days. The district needs to make up these four days, which were taken off due to Hurricane Sandy, in order to comply with New Jersey’s 180-day school year requirement.

“The state at this point in time is not even discussing the potential waiver of the 180-day requirement,” Superintendent Charles Sampson said. Sampson said the subject was broached on a conference call with New Jersey Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf on Thursday, in which Cerf stated that it is “too premature to have those discussions”.

The original school calendar had three “inclement weather” days built in, but the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy forced the district to take ten days off. Luckily, these days overlapped with some already scheduled school closures: the Election Day Professional Development Program and two days for the NJEA Convention.

The new calendar will now have school on the following dates:

• Monday, January 21, 2013 - Martin Luther King Day
• Friday, February 15, 2013 - President’s Day weekend
• Monday, February 18, 2013 - President’s Day weekend
• Monday, April 1, 2013 - Easter Monday

If the district has to close school due to bad weather this winter, portions of Spring Break vacation will be used to make up school days.

These make-up days are scheduled as (working backwards):

  • Thursday, March 28, 2013
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  • Monday, March 25, 2013

The professional development days scheduled with an early dismissal for Dec. 5 and delayed opening for Dec. 6 have been cancelled and are now scheduled as regular school days. The Feb. 6 professional development day with a delayed opening has been rescheduled for Feb. 13; Feb. 6 will now be a regularly scheduled school day. 

Additionally, the school closures have affected the district marking periods. In order to help out the teachers and the students with the loss of days in the first marking period, the first marking period has been extended to Wednesday, Nov. 28. This also allows the district to make sure that each marking period has a similar approximation of days.

The second marking period will take place from Thursday, Nov. 29 through Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Mid-terms for the second marking period are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, February 5
  • Wednesday, February 6
  • Thursday, February 7
  • Friday, February 8, 2013

The third marking period is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11 through Friday, April 19 and the fourth marking period is scheduled for Monday, April 22 through Tuesday, June 25.

Despite getting some flack for closing the district for so long, Sampson was steadfast in his decision to keep the schools closed. Manalapan High School and Freehold Township High School were without power the longest and Colts Neck High School lost power a second time after the Nor'easter struck.

"We didn't feel it was safe last week," Sampson said. "We cover 200 square miles - there were a number of blacked out traffic lights and things of that nature. And we bus 90 percent of our kids and we also have 3,000 or so 17 and 18-year-olds that drive to school and for us it was not the safe call to open schools. So, we chose not to and I'm glad we chose not to."

Marlboro Mann November 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I think adding four days is a great idea and the officials at FRHSD should be commended for replacing those days lost because of the storm. I'm sure once these officials get done patting themselves on the back, they'll probably approve $15,000 bonuses for themselves.
cynicinmarlboro November 13, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Not only will they approve it, but the board will all ok it as well.
anonymous November 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I found this article on NJ.com. I find it disturbing because it sounds like a throw-back to the days of H. James Wasser. Oh, and adding 4 more days to the calendar?? I think the superintendent should get a merit raise later on in the school year. And yes, the Board will approve it. Don't they ever say no to Mr. Sampson? http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/177886651_Verona-Cedar_Grove_Letter__Response_to_legal_fees_for_Verona_BOE.html?c=y&page=1
Daniel M Savino November 14, 2012 at 01:02 AM
About time they did something good. The teachers get enough holidays and free time on us. Go one step further and postpone the teachers convention that they do not attend any way. Make them earn their pay instead of the freeloading that they do. I know to retired teachers that nevwer went to the convention just used it as extra vacation days Daniel M Savino
Susan November 14, 2012 at 03:02 AM
So you WANT your kids to have four days less of an education??? They didn't add days on to the END of the year, so what's the big deal? I constantly hear parents complain that their kids are out of school TOO much, so at least being in school these four days will give parents the freedom they want instead of having their kids underfoot! And believe it or not, most kids LIKE being in school, so you all really have nothing to complain about.
Kaitlyn Anness November 14, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Daniel, the Teacher's Convention, usually held in Atlantic City, was canceled. It was supposed to be held last week.
Steve M November 14, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Daniel, my mother is a teacher and her and her coworkers go to the convention annually. And maybe you should've listened to your teachers when you were growing up, seeing you can't even correctly use homophones. Don't go around calling people freeloaders when you obviously did not use the services they provide to your full capacity. I really hope that if you have children that you've taught them to respect their teachers more than you do, and if not shame on you. Don't forget that you wouldn't be able to do anything you do in your life without having teachers growing up.
SJB November 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Didn't anyone read the article??? They did not choose to add 4 days, it was mandated by the state. 180 days.
cynicinmarlboro November 14, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Yes and no. 180 days is mandated, but what days to use as substitutes seems to have been left up to the district. So decisions were made - now add that to Sampson's performance bonus for doing his job!
Considerate November 14, 2012 at 05:43 PM
can you spell "Ignoramus"?
larry marantz November 14, 2012 at 11:44 PM
"She and her co-workers," Steve
major November 15, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Most of you sound as if you would complain no matter what they did! I dont think they had much choice in the matter. The state madates the 180 rule so all they really did was fill holes in a schedule. Not rocket science my friends!
Joiseymom November 15, 2012 at 05:04 PM
@Daniel: Teachers get free time and holidays on us? DO you have any idea how hard teachers work?? You do realize that their jobs are more then just in the classroom 9-3?? That they have to do lesson plans, and grade tests, and papers, etc? ANd that those tasks are done when they are not in the classroom? You do realize that with budget cuts, all the items in their classrooms are paid for by them out of their salaries? They earn their pay, they do not freeload, and if anything they are underpaid for teaching! And no I am not a teacher, and my parents were not teachers. My mom actually wanted me to be one, but I refused since the aren't paid enough for what they do! Get real!
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