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Committee approves 2022-2023 school calendar

Posted 4/13/22

By ALEX MALM

On a 3-1 vote the Warwick School Committee approved the 2022-23 school calendar Tuesday.

Superintendent Lynn Dambruch said the two options considered both follow the state calendar …

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Committee approves 2022-2023 school calendar

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By ALEX MALM

On a 3-1 vote the Warwick School Committee approved the 2022-23 school calendar Tuesday.

Superintendent Lynn Dambruch said the two options considered both follow the state calendar for vacation weeks with February vacation taking place from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24 and spring vacation taking place from April 10 to April 14.

The first day of school for students in K-6 and ninth graders will take place on Aug.31 while the rest of the students’ first day will be Sept.1.

The biggest difference between the two options Dambruch said was in regard to the last day of school before the holidays. She said that under option A the last day of school for Thanksgiving would be Nov.22 while option B had Nov.23 as the last day before Thanksgiving break.

Under option A the last day of school before Christmas would be Dec.22 while the last day before vacation under option B would be Dec.23.

Dambruch said that under option A the last day of school would be June 20 while option B would make the last day of school June 16.

School Committee member Nathan Cornell said that usually when the proposed calendar is released, he gets many emails from parents giving him their thoughts. He said that this year that wasn’t the case.

“It’s a tough one,” said Cornell.

Dambruch said that the feedback she received from teachers and staff is that they value the extra day off before Thanksgiving to help prepare for the holiday and to travel.

As far as snow days Dambruch said that the Rhode Island Department of Education hasn’t told the district how many virtual snow days they can have next year.

Vice Chair David Testa said he wants to use virtual learning days for snow days as a last resort, saying he would rather have extra days at the end of the year so kids can have more days in the physical classroom.

The committee voted 3-1 to approve option A.

Chairwoman Judy Cobden was the lone dissenting vote noting that she would rather have the last day of school be as early as possible in case the school year needs to be extended for any reason. She said that she was happy with the fact that the school calendar is in line with what the rest of the state is doing for school vacation weeks.

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