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School Calendar Changed to Make Up Snow Days

Feb 6, 2017

UPDATE

This winter has been unusually severe with school districts across Oregon cancelling school days due to snow and ice. The Medford School District (MSD) closed for four days in early January because of hazardous weather conditions.

On Monday morning, February 6, 2017, the Medford Board of Education approved the MSD’s proposal to make up the four recently missed snow days.

To make up the snow days, students will go to school on Presidents' Day February 20th, the previously scheduled Parent-Teacher Conference Day March 13th, June 15th, and June 16th

Over the past few weeks, the MSD leadership has been working closely with both of its collective bargaining units, the Medford Education Association (MEA) and Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), to create the revised calendar. The MEA and the OSEA passed the proposal with votes of their membership last week.

The Medford School District appreciates the collaboration of all parties to create a revised school calendar that will provide the maximum instructional time that students deserve while completing the last student day by Friday, June 16th. 

To download a copy of the new calendar, visit: http://www.medford.k12.or.us/Page/3136

We want to thank all Medford School District families for their patience during this process.

If you have any questions about the calendar, please contact your school.


 

Jan 31, 2017

UPDATE

Over the past few weeks, the MSD leadership has been working closely with both of its collective bargaining units, the Medford Education Association (MEA) and Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), to work on proposals to make up the four recently missed snow days. 

This evening, both the MEA and the OSEA passed the proposal with votes of their membership. The school district will now take the proposal forth to the Medford School District Board of Education for consideration this Monday, February 6th at 7 am. 

The Medford School District appreciates the collaboration of all parties to create a revised school calendar that will provide the maximum instructional time that students deserve while completing the last student day by Friday, June 16th. 

The proposal is that students will go to school on Presidents' Day February 20th, the previously scheduled Parent-Teacher Conference Day March 13, June 15th, and June 16th. 

We want to thank all Medford School District families for their patience during this process. We will post the updated calendar once the Board of Education hears the proposal on Monday. 

Jan 26, 2017

UPDATE

On January 24th, Medford School District leadership met with the leadership of both bargaining units, Medford Education Association (MEA) and Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), in a collaborative effort to go forth with calendar revisions to make up snow days.

Both collective bargaining units will move forward with surveying their membership, which includes a voting process, on the new proposed calendar. The decisions from the bargaining units should be confirmed by Wednesday, February 1st.

If the new proposed calendar is ratified by both bargaining units, the superintendent will move forward with a recommendation to approve the calendar to the Board of Education on Monday February 6th.

The proposed calendar states:

  1. School will be in session on Presidents’ Day, February 20th (counts as a day for students and an additional work day for teachers)
  2. School will be in session on Parent Teacher Conference Day, March 13th (counts as a day for students, not for teachers)
  3. School will not be in session on April 14th (half-half day). Give that day back to teachers. Delete the late-late start day on April 19th.
  4. School will be in session on Thursday, June 15th and Friday, June 16th (counts as two days for students and two work days for teachers).
  5. Conduct the normal closeout/grading day for teachers and staff on Monday June 19th
  6. Conduct a district professional development day on June 20th for the full day (counts as an additional work day for teachers).

Please understand, it is the district’s desire to communicate any changes as quickly as possible. While the process has taken longer than expected, we are trying to honor the desire of many to make up as many days as possible this spring.

Again, please understand that if this proposal passes through both bargaining units and the board approves it, there will be school on Feb. 20 Presidents’ Day and March 13 Parent-Teacher Conference Day.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation through this process.

Jan 23, 2017 

UPDATE

The Medford School District was forced to cancel school for four days from January 3 – 6 due to inclement weather. The district intends to make-up all four instructional days for students and work days for affected employees. Beginning the week of January 9th, the district leadership initiated discussions with employees of both bargaining units, the Medford Education Association (MEA) and the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) to discuss possible options for making up the days.

The district leadership, in collaboration with both MEA and OSEA, agreed to move forward with a plan to hold classes on three days previously scheduled as non-school days for students during the spring and add on one day in June. The agreed upon make-up days were; February 20th (Presidents Day), March 13th (Parent – Teacher Conference Day), April 14th (a half grading day and half professional development day), and Thursday June 15th (reserved for snow make-up). The previously scheduled last day was June 14th.

The two bargaining units agreed to move forward with seeking membership support by voting to proceed with memoranda of agreement (MOA). The superintendent proposed the idea to the Medford School Board on January 12th with the understanding that the district would need to enter into memoranda of agreement with both collective bargaining units if their membership ratified the revised calendar. If the proposal was accepted by both bargaining units, the school board would consider the proposed revised calendar for adoption at the January 23rd board meeting.

The OSEA agreed to move forward with the proposed calendar changes, pending the writing of an MOA with the district; however, the MEA membership did not vote to approve the proposed calendar changes. At this point, the district will not take a proposed revised calendar to the school board this evening, January 23rd.

The school district will continue to collaborate with both bargaining units to consider other options. Once a new proposal is ratified by both collective bargaining units, the district will take it to the board of education as soon as possible in order to get accurate information to families in a timely fashion.  

Jan. 19, 2017

UPDATE

Medford School District Families:

This is a reminder that the end of the semester grading day, in which students do not attend school, was pushed back by one week due to this month’s snow days. Students WILL attend school on Friday, January 27th, but NOT on February 3rd We hope this will improve student achievement and balance the number of instructional days in both semesters. For more information, visit our website at www.medford.k12.or.us.

Additional calendar revisions will likely be made in order to provide a full instructional year for students and make up the four days missed due to weather. As soon as the school board approves the revised calendar it will be published.

Jan. 12, 2017

Due to a record-breaking winter storm, all Medford schools were closed January 3-6.

In order to provide a full instructional year for students, the Medford School District is making changes to the end of the first semester immediately and proposing a revision to the calendar to restore lost instructional days for the remainder of the year. 

“We want to ensure our kids are receiving maximized educational opportunities; adding four full days back to the calendar will allow us to do that,” said Superintendent Brian Shumate. “Three of the days will occur prior to state assessments and advance placement testing. We believe this will be beneficial for students academically.”

Restoring days on the proposed dates will give students more instructional time prior to June and only extend the school year for students and families by one day.

The school district leadership is in conversation with the Board of Education and the two employee bargaining units regarding adjusting the calendar for the remainder of the year.

The details of the proposal are listed below.

“We know that school closures and calendar changes can be challenging and we hope to create a solution that improves student achievement with the least disruption to students, staff, and families,” said Dr. Shumate.

CHANGES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

The end of first semester will move from January 26th to February 2nd. Students will attend school on January 27th and not attend school on February 3rd.

We hope that this will improve student achievement and balance the number of instructional days in both semesters. Graduation ceremonies will occur as scheduled.

TO BE DETERMINED BY JANUARY 23rd

Students would potentially attend school on:

* President’s Day, February 20

* Conference Day, March 13

* Grading Day, April 14

* Snow Make-Up Day, June 15

Again, these changes to the calendar are still in the proposal phase. The district’s two bargaining units will solicit input from their membership and the final proposal will need to be approved by the Board of Education.

Check back for a downloadable revised calendar on January 27.