State Testing Dates Force Change In Spring Break

OSWEGO, NY – This is an important message from Superintendent Bill Crist in regards to the scheduled April break which now must be changed thus possibly impacting plans of students, families, faculty and staff for the 2011-12 school year.

Dear Oswego City School District Community Members,

Late last week, I received notice from the New York State Education Department that the English Language Arts state testing in grades 3-8 would be occurring during what was scheduled as the 2012 spring recess of most Central New York school districts including our own.

The SED considered revising that testing schedule and on Aug. 26th, Dr. John King, the Commissioner of Education, released this information to state superintendents.

This action will create a conflict for families who have made vacation plans for the week of April 16 through 20, which were our original dates for Spring Recess.

I will be providing additional information to you regarding new dates for Spring Recess 2012 once those new dates have been determined.

Until then, please do not proceed with any vacation planning for the week of April 16 – 20 if you have a student in grades 3-8.

Again, I will update you once we have new dates for Spring Recess in April 2012.

Bill Crist
Oswego City School District Superintendent of Schools