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Many changes to the Holy Family system calendar could be implemented next year, on

top of the individual schedule changes taking place at Wahlert.

 

Early in February, the Dubuque Community School Board approved a motion to change

the system calendar—adding one hour late arrivals to Fridays and removing early dismissal in­

service days. However, Holy Family Catholic Schools has developed a proposed calendar that

differs from the Dubuque Community calendar .

 

“Once the calendar was passed, we began hearing concerns particularly from elementary

parents about additional daycare costs as well as the difficulty that they would have in getting their

children to school,” said Holy Family administrator Carol Trueg. “We are also concerned that the

weekly late arrival does not line up with our current professional development delivery model.”

 

Holy Family then sent out a detailed survey to parents, outlining the proposed changes

and asking for their feedback on issues such as busing and childcare.

 

“We have had more than 500 people respond to the survey,” said Mrs. Trueg.

 

But what would happen to Holy Family’s system calendar?

 

“Every year the system calendar changes,” said Wahlert Vice Principal Ms. Cynthia

Wagner. “It’s done in an attempt to make the learning environment better for students and teachers.

With the new understanding of hours versus days, there’s been a lot of debate over what constitutes

a meaningful school day.”

 

Holy Family has proposed a calendar that will eliminate the Friday late arrivals and

includes three full in­service days.

 

“I don’t like the idea of Friday delays,” said Judith Leon, ’16. “I think the schedule will be

better next year if we come to school at the regular time.”

 

“The last day of school would be May 22, the Friday before Memorial Day,” said Mrs.

Trueg. That would be before any snow days, of course. First semester would also end before

winter break, and spring break would be taken out of the schedule.

 

“Even without spring break, I think the new calendar is a good idea,” said Marcos Vega,

’16. “We’ll get used to it fast enough, and getting out of school so much earlier will be really nice.”

 

The Holy Family School board is set to meet on March 11 and will make a final decision

on the calendar and make any changes.

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