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School Committee Considers Starting Classes Before Labor Day

Proposed calendar change has school starting on August 31 for the 2011-12 school year.

The Foxborough School Committee got its first look at a proposed calendar for the 2011-12 school year, which has school starting before Labor Day.

Foxborough Public Schools have experienced a fair amount of snow days already this winter, bringing to light the issue of the school calendar.

Recently, Superintendent Christopher Martes made adjustments to this year's school calendar, which included pushing the last day of school back to June 23 and cancelling Staff Development Day for January.

The changes made to this year's calendar, due to 5 straight weeks of snow storms, prompted Martes to propose a change for the 2011-2012 school year calendar.

The new proposed calendar draft would have students returning to school on Wednesday, Aug. 31. However, students would have Friday through Labor Day on Monday off. The last day of school under this proposal would be June 18, 2012. Traditionally, Foxborough Public Schools return to school the Tuesday after Labor Day.

However, snow days are not the only reason behind Martes's proposed calendar change for the 2011-2012 school year. 

"I believe this would help students, families and teachers get reacquainted with their routines, so that when they arrive back to school after the long weekend, they are refreshed and ready to begin their studies," Martes said.

Members of the school committee agreed with Martes and believe that having school start on the Tuesday after Labor Day "wastes a week of school" because of the hours taken up by paperwork.

Martes plans on running this potential change by faculty members, students and parents before asking the school committee for approval.

Patch wants to know what you think about this potential change. Should the school calendar stay the same or should school go back into session on August 31?

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