Should students and teachers be in class on holidays? The Woodridge School District 68 board is holding a hearing to discuss that option.
The Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, 7200 Janes Ave. in Woodridge.
District 68 officials are requesting a modification of 105 ILCS 5/24-2, which states that teachers shall not be required to work on legal school holidays. The board proposes a waiver application for an "all-purpose holiday."
That could mean regular class schedules and attendance, but also include parent-teacher conferences, school improvement session, teacher in-service days or teacher institutes, according to the District 68 website.
The holidays the district would like to exclude from the section are:
- Martin Luther King., Jr.'s Birthday
- Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
- Casimir Pulaski Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
The intent would befor the faculty to coordinate activities to instruct students about the accomplishments of the people honored during those holidays.
"We feel that these types of activities would add an educational perspective to the meaning of these days for our students," according to the district's website.
If a parent-teacher conference or other purpose was scheduled on the actual holiday, the activities would be performed either the day before or the day after the holiday.
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