Foxborough students and staff will enjoy a longer winter break in 2013 as the school committee approved an academic calendar that features eight days off over the holidays.
“It’s an awkward calendar next year because Christmas falls on a Wednesday,” said Foxborough Schools Superintendent Debra Spinelli. “We could actually be in session if we wanted to [on Monday, Dec. 23] but we just weren’t sure it was going to be a real useful day. That’s the draft we put forward. We will stay out until Jan. 2, 2014.”
The school committee agreed with the administration’s reasoning and approved the 2013-14 academic calendar at its Jan. 7 meeting.
The eight days of winter break (beginning on Monday, Dec. 23) is one more than in 2012. Spinelli said she spoke to other communities on how they would handle Dec. 23 but ultimately decided it would be better for everyone to schedule the added day of vacation.
“I would say it’s about 50-50 on whether other communities are having school on Dec. 23 or not,” Spinelli said. “Nobody had a compelling reason to open the schools for one day. … We have families that travel to relatives that are out-of-state that would appreciate [this].”
The extra day of winter break means the last day of school (without weather cancellations) will be June 18, 2014. Foxborough’s five cancellation days are scheduled from June 19-25, 2014. The last day for Foxborough High School seniors is scheduled for Monday, June 2, 2014. Graduation is expected to be held on Sunday, June 8, 2014.
Schools will open after Labor Day again next year (Tuesday, Sept. 3).
Teachers and staff will report to their classrooms on Tuesday, Aug. 27 thru Thursday, Aug. 29 before breaking for the holiday weekend.
Other Notable Dates:
- Thanksgiving recess will be from Wednesday, Nov. 27 to Friday, Nov. 29.
- February vacation will be held from Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 to Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
- Spring vacation will be held from Friday, April 18, 2014 to Friday, April 25, 2014.
The 2013-14 calendar can be viewed in the PDF file in the photo gallery above.