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Weston Mom Wants Fewer Short Days at School

WESTON, Conn. — Laura Schlossberg wants her two kids to have more time in the classroom with their teachers and fewer delayed openings and substitutes.

"It's rare when there are more than two weeks in a row that are full, five-day weeks," Schlossberg told the Weston Board of Education on Monday night. "More time in the classroom means more learning."

John Reed, interim superintendent, said he told incoming superintendent Colleen Palmer of the issue and that it is "something of interest."

Schlossberg said there are about six early dismissal days for parent-teacher conferences, which she said is an "excessive" amount. The partial days count on the calendar as part of the mandatory 180-day school year, making it lost time for students in the classroom.

The professional development calendar is posted on the Hurlbutt Elementary School website so parents know when their kids have partial days or substitutes teaching the class. However, the school does not communicate all of the during school meetings that require substitutes in the classroom, said Schlossberg, who said the calendar was posted because she asked them to do it. "For several years running there is little to no communication about this.  I had to dig it up.  I only became aware of it because my kids were coming home so often telling me they had a sub again," said Schlossberg in an email. "The school has only made public the half dozen or so [professional development] days when there is a delayed opening or when school is closed altogether."

Schlossberg said she believes there is a "heavy use of substitutes." She asked Thomas Scarice, assistant superintendent, to provide her with the number of days in which teachers are out sick, for a professional development day, personal reasons or school business. In all of kindergarten through 12th grade, there were about 1,600 days taken in the Weston school district.

Do you think Weston students need more time in the classroom? How do you feel about substitutes teaching classes? Send your comments to shenry@thedailyweston.com .

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