As students and teachers prepare for the upcoming Christmas break, state officials are exploring making some significant cahnges to the school schedule.
A committee designed to review the day-to-day and year-to-year layout of the schedule recently made some suggestions. Among the proposals includes giving districts the option to start the school year in August instead of waiting until September (schools usually start up after Labor Day now).
Another possibility would be to not penalize districts for closing schools if a state of emergency has been declared. Schools have to be in operation for 180 days per year, and if they use up "snow days," they then have to make up for days lost by scraping vacation time.
According to 7 News, some of the suggestions from the committee have been met with optimism by several area school officials.
The state's Board of Regents likely won't make any decisions or changes until at least March.