Major Changes in Days off in Oswego Schools

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City School District officials have indicated that there are some major changes in the academic calendar.

This Friday, March 9, will be a half day of school for all Oswego City School District students.

On a half day schedule the Oswego High School will release students at 10:40 a.m., the Oswego Middle School 10:55 a.m. and elementary schools 11:55 a.m.

On Monday, March 12, there is now a Superintendent’s Conference Day which will mean that students will not attend school that day.

On Friday, March 30, a half day of school is scheduled for all students.

Also as the result of the New York State Education Department changing the testing calendar the spring break will be April 2-9 with students returning to school on April 10.


  1. How much time off do our students and teachers get? Our students need more time in the classroom for a good education, not less. If the teachers get all of these half days all the time, what, pray tell, are we paying them to do?

  2. Jerry, many of these days are mandated training times for teachers and staff. For example, both this coming Friday afternoon and all day Monday the faculty and staff will be receiving instruction on many of the new aspects of the “Race to the Top” program. The April break is spring break, a traditional break for all students in multiple districts.

    If you think the teachers are not doing enough, try spending a day with them to see what they actually do and what they put up with. It will be eye opening for you. I speak from experience as a parent who has spent time in my child’s classes.

  3. On half days the teachers do many things. We might be doing curriculum mapping so we can better educate your students with curriculum that meets the new standards. We might also be getting training so that we can stay up to date on all of those new standards, state mandates, policies and changes that the government makes without warning. Or we might be scoring and evaluating assessments to determine where we need to continue to support our students so that they can meet the new and often unattainable goals set by people who don’t have a real grasp on the world of education. There might also be a million other things we do on our half days, because we certainly don’t do anything in the evening, on the weekend, or during the summers.

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