The board chose to move an existing student holiday scheduled at the end of that week (Friday jan 23rd) to inauguration day (Tuesday Jan 20). Tuesday becomes a planning day that teachers use to grade final exams. Teachers and staff are still required to work, but can use a personal day to take the day off if they wish. With the Board's blessing the Superintendent extended the due date for final exam grading by one day to offset secondary-level teacher's concerns about time to grade exams that will take place in the days after inauguration day.
Now the Board is hearing from many teachers that they'd like to take the day off entirely. From a typical email:
This motion recognizes the professionalism of teachers in completing grades for the reporting period in a timely fashion that meets the needs of the students and themselves. Secondary teachers (middle and high school) will not have completed semester exams for students by January 20, thus making that scheduled workday unproductive for them. Allowing teachers the option to not report to work on the 20th recognizes their need to complete their work in a more meaningful way.It appears that two Board members are prepared to offer a motion at next Tuesday's meeting, making attendance on that day optional for teaching staff. As of this morning the Superintendent has not made a recommendation to the Board on this question.