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Sometimes priorities will not sync. The school calendars at our local schools seem about to prove that point.

In recent years, getting the vacations and long weekends in line between OPRF and the elementary school districts has been a priority. Hard to take the family on a spring break vacation when the schools were off different weeks. So until now, that problem has been largely solved. 

Now though, the high school is looking to fine-tune the popular shift it made a year ago when it closed out first semester finals before Christmas. Teachers, students and parents seemed to love not having term papers and finals hovering over the holidays. Except the new schedule knocked the length of the semesters out of whack. The short first semester made teaching a single semester course a rush.

So now the school is looking hard at evening out the semesters. And since even OPRF can't move Christmas, the school is eyeing a mid-August start to the school year. District 97, which has just endured a parent hullabaloo over hot classrooms in September, seems unlikely to follow the air-conditioned high school's lead on this one.  

That could set up a predicament.

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Bill from Oak Park  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 10:58 PM

HUh? At least tell me why quarters don;t work for the school districts. Don;t see the relevance of Universities moving from quarters. They all have AC!

Quarters  

Posted: January 14th, 2014 7:46 AM

Most colleges and universities are moving away from quarters, Bill. Not a smart idea to start something other places are gradually ending.

Bill from Oak Park  

Posted: January 13th, 2014 9:33 PM

Why can't OPRF go to a quarter system like that used by Northwestern University? They can start in September, after Labor Day, and end mid-June. First Quarter would end at Winter Break. Second Quarter ends at Spring break. September start would also help D97 with their A/C issue.

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