June 17 is the new last day of school for many students around the Capital Region as districts shifted their end-of-year calendars to accommodate contractual limits to the number of school days.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order closing school facilities and continuing instruction remotely also mandated school continue education through previously-scheduled spring breaks. So in districts around the region, students and continued class through the break.
Now they are getting that time back with an early end to the school year: most districts have tweaked calendars to finish school on June 17 for students and June 18 for teachers.
“Due to continuity of instruction continuing over Good Friday and Spring Break, the school year will be ending ahead of what was previously scheduled and published in the district calendar,” Mohonasen Superintendent Shannon Shine said in a message to the school community, noting June 17 would be the last day of the school year and a half day at that.
Schenectady, Scotia-Glenville, Schalmont, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Schoharie and other districts around the region have all announced June 17 as the new last day of school.
In Niskayuna, the last day of “new learning” will happen on June 10, with June 11 through June 16 serving as a chance for classes to hold Google meets to finish work, offer feedback and close out the year. The last day of school in the district will be June 16.
School district contracts with teachers largely specify the number of school days and work days for teachers each year; districts develop annual school calendars based on those contactually-specified numbers.
When schools remained in session over spring break, the days counted toward the overall number of school days. So districts and teachers unions throughout the region have agreed to move up the last day of school and finish a week earlier than was originally planned.