Published on October 3, 2019
Warwick School District is proposing the following changes for the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year. Together with the Warwick Education Association, under the collective bargaining contract extension, in an instance when Labor Day falls on September 5th, 6th or 7th, the first student day may be scheduled prior to Labor Day. In instances when Labor Day falls on September 2nd, 3rd or 4th, the first student day shall not be prior to Labor Day, which has historically been Warwick’s practice.
In years when Labor Day falls late, mixed with tough winter weather, graduation and the end of school get pushed back to mid to late June. These scenarios have created conflict for students who are early admitted to college, students participating in summer exchange programs, camps and more. The proposal for the 2020-2021 school year is due to Labor Day falling on September 7th. In an instance when Labor day is late however, the first day of school will not start before August 30th.
For the 2020-2021 school year, the proposal would have school starting for students in grades 1-12 on Tuesday, September 1st. Kindergarten students would begin on Wednesday, September 2nd. School would be in session Tuesday, September 1st through Thursday, September 3rd. There would be no school on Friday, September 4th, allowing for a four day Labor Day weekend. School would resume for all students on Tuesday, September 8th. This scenario gains students four school days as opposed to Warwick's traditional method of starting on the Wednesday after Labor Day.
The proposal was discussed at the October Committee of the Whole board meeting and the board will vote at the voting session on October 15th in order to get families and the community informed as early as possible.