For the first time in years, Ledyard district schools have been given a half day of classes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, taking away from the short vacation that usually continues from Wednesday through Friday. The change has come as a shock to many students and faculty.
“After such a difficult winter, the Board and I wanted to insure more school days prior to weather related cancellations, delays and early dismissals,” Superintendent Cathy Patterson said.
When Amanda Fagan, the principal at Ledyard High School, was asked about the sudden change in schedule, she said, “It does seem like a change from the tradition of having that day entirely off.”
Other schools having an early dismissal Wednesday the 25th include Groton’s Fitch high school and Norwich’s NFA.
As far as the Thanksgiving schedule goes for years to come, Patterson reports that, “Next year, a mandatory regional calendar must be followed.” It’s unsure of whether that schedule will take also take away part of Ledyard’s annual break.
Megan Rosen, staff writer
Sophomore Megan Rosen is a staff writer for the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is on the volleyball team.
2 thoughts on “School Before Thanksgiving”
I think it’s unfair to say “The change has come as a shock to many students and faculty.” It’s not a big deal, and there’s no reason that children ages 13-18 need an entire day prior to Thanksgiving to prepare. Even the faculty would not need this amount of time.
Thank you for your feedback, A. C. We try to make our articles as balanced as possible. As a concerned Ledyard community member, you must understand the day before Thanksgiving is spent traveling, with family, or cooking. Thanks again for your comment, we appreciate your reading.