Adjustments to the Western Dubuque School District calendar means students will now be going to school on days they previously had off, and teacher in-service days will be changed as a result of unrelenting winter weather.
Superintendent Rick Colpitts announced the changes at the Feb. 11 school board meeting.
Here are the changes to the district calendar as of Feb. 11:
• Thursday, Feb. 28 — This was originally scheduled as the last day of Trimester 2, with a two-hour early dismissal. It will now be a full day of school for students.
• Friday, March 1 — Previously a teacher comp day with parent-teacher conferences, it will now be a student attendance day. The teacher comp day will be moved to the end of the year.
• Monday, March 4 – The teacher in-service scheduled for this day has been moved to the end of the year. This will now be a student attendance day.
• Friday, March 8 — Now the last day of Trimester 2, this is now a two-hour early dismissal.
• Monday, March 11 — This is scheduled as the first day of Trimester 3.
• Thursday, April 18 — Previously scheduled as spring break, this will now be a student attendance day.
• Monday, April 22 — Previously part of spring break, this is now scheduled as a teacher in-service day.
• Tuesday, April 23 — This is now a student attendance day.
Colpitts said that based on the changes listed, the last student attendance day would be Wednesday, June 5.
Shortly after the meeting ended, the district canceled classes for Feb. 12, possibly altering the district calendar even more. Colpitts discussed the possibility of lengthening the school day.
“This option would only allow us to make up student attendance days,” he explained. “We determined that it would be better to wait until we are through the bulk of the winter months to consider altering the schedule. If we were to change the length of the school day now, and we have additional cancellations, we would likely have to come back and adjust the length of the school day again later. We will review this option again in early March to determine if it is necessary for us to lengthen the school day for the third trimester.”
The board approved a bid of $3,364,000 from Conlon Construction of Dubuque for the additions at elementary schools in Dyersville, Epworth and Farley.
Additions at Dyersville total 8,500 square feet and include cafeteria seating, along with two full-size classrooms, four small-group rooms, an office, a restroom for staff and a mechanical room.
Plans at Epworth Elementary include four full-size classrooms, restrooms for students and staff as well as a mechanical room. The addition totals 6,594 square feet.
At Farley, an office remodel totaling 538 square feet will add security to the work room and reception area. Exterior work to the outside canopy entrance is also included in the project.