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RE: Ridgway School District 2017-18 Academic Calendar

April 26th, 2017

Dear Parents,

Over the past two months input on next year’s academic calendar has been gathered, assimilated, and incorporated. Last night the Ridgway School District Board of Education discussed and approved the fourth reading of the attached school calendar for 2017-18. While much of the calendar replicates the holidays and student contact days found in this past year’s calendar, one change that may impact families is the change in our early release day.

In order to respond to the academic needs of our student athletes and other extra-curricular programming we have moved our early release day from Wednesday to Tuesday. Elementary students will be released from school at 2:20 PM and secondary students will be released at 2:30 PM.  I hope this notice will provide your family ample time to plan any changes that may be required. Local youth program directors have also been informed of this modification.

On a related topic I would like to remind parents and students of the important relationship between consistent attendance and student learning. Research finds a direct correlation between students who are consistently on time for class and who miss minimal days of instruction, and higher rates of learning. While this correlation seems logical and obvious to most, some students still struggle to get to school on time and some have a hard time maintaining consistent attendance.  Consequently, your school board, principals, staff and I are renewing our commitment to review and revise student support mechanisms, policies, and procedures that will encourage parents and students to make consistent school attendance a top priority for the upcoming school year. We hope the enclosed calendar will assist families as they plan their holidays, appointments, and events for next year.

As always, thank you for the continued support you provide our schools and staff. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have questions or concerns.

Best regards,

 Steven Smith

Superintendent, RSD

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