East Penn Schools may Open Before Labor Day

Working 2012-2013 school calendar has an August start date.

A spokesperson for the says it is possible that the 2012-2013 school year in East Penn could start before Labor Day.

Nicole Bloise, East Penn community liaison, says that the district does have a working 2012-2013 school calendar that will be presented to the East Penn Board of School Directors for approval at the board’s Feb 13. meeting.

Nothing becomes official until the board votes on it, Bloise says.

“A lot of schools in Lehigh County are starting before Labor Day next year,” Bloise says. “We are looking at that as an option.

“We have a working calendar with an August start date. There is the potential that we could start before Labor Day, but that is not set in stone.”

Bloise would not say what date in August school would begin.

East Penn parents have been buzzing about the potential pre-Labor Day start date on Facebook for about a week. The Facebook posts were triggered by a Jan. 11 guidance office information night held at Emmaus High School for incoming freshmen and their parents.

According to the Facebook posts, the parents were told about the pre-Labor day start during the guidance office program on Jan. 11.

, which was also considering an earlier start date for 2012-2013 school year, recently decided against the pre-Labor Day start due to contract negotiations with the teacher's union.

thesilentmajority January 24, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Rose Roberts, you are correct. During the 2006-2007 school year parents received a survey with several questions/scenerios about changing the early dismissal Wednesday. I was an EPSD parent who received one of those surveys but is there proof to back up that all parents received that survey. According to a morning call article: http://articles.mcall.com/2007-04-24/news/3734609_1_planning-time-early-dismissals-elementary-schools "The district surveyed both parents and teachers about the proposed change, but those results were not made public during the board meeting." Do we really know that they included all parents? In 2008 EPSD did another survey, this time to gauge parents satisfaction of the district on a variety of issues(I didn't get this survey). Here they publicly stated how many surveys they sent out: http://articles.mcall.com/2008-03-20/news/4022629_1_class-size-school-students-parents "The surveys were mailed out to 1,118 families in January and 555 -- about 50 percent -- were returned, said Seidenberger" If East Penn wanted a true analysis of the district they would have sent out surveys to all the families in the district at that time. 1,118 families is a far cry in covering the 8000+- students enrolled in the district at the time. I'm not so sure we can say that the district has truly been fair with their surveys. They certainly are not trying to cherry pick their information/results, are they?
careless fills January 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Schools in many midwest and southern states start as early as Aug 7 to get out by May 31. Some have two full weeks for Christmas, a two day fall break in October after report cards, and a full week for spring break, making the total duration longer for 180 days. East Penn (and some other LV SDs), I believe, has about 186 student days in the teachers contract, which also complicates things for them, since they aren't fitting in just the state's minimum 180 days.
careless fills January 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Statistically speaking, the 555 sample size is more than enough to get good results if it was a truely random sample accross the district, and not selected parts. The problem is that half of the original 1,118 didn;t answer, and perhaps becuase of their disinterest, the answers could be skewed a little if those interested enuf to answer had different biases. That part is hard to avoid in any survey, even if it was sent to everyone, unless you followed up on the MIAs two or three times. In this case, it's probably not worth the cost.
thesilentmajority January 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Every survey response is never returned when somebody does this type of thing. It's the fact that every parent/family was NOT given the opportunity to participate.
Rose Roberts January 25, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I mean no disrespect to you, srodham69, but that was not the original reason given. In addition, the reasoning of "getting in more days before state testing" holds very little water--we're talking about THREE DAYS. If our district is in such dire straits educationally that three days will make all the difference, God help us all.


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