September 25, 2018 - At the September 20, 2018 meeting, the School Committee voted to approve the 2019-2020 school calendar. This was the third reading of the proposed calendars, and the vote was unanimous following thoughtful consideration, discussion and feedback from the public, the AEA and students. The approved 2019-20 calendar is different than the 2018-19 school calendar. Based on responses to the committee from parents, teachers, students and the community, school will be in session on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Good Friday in 2019-20.
A few important notes on this decision: The district does not and cannot make decisions about school vacation days based on religion. Instead, we’ve traditionally not had school on “low attendance days” when so few staff and students would be available that the district could not reasonably operate. Four of those days are observed as religious days (Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Good Friday and Christmas Eve) and a fifth is the day after Thanksgiving.
The School Committee votes annually on the following year’s calendar; this calendar is for 2019-20. This will allow the SC to assess and determine which days, if any, are truly “low attendance” days.
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Good Friday are included on the diverse list of religious and ethnic observances given special consideration under the School Committee’s Religious and Ethnic Observances policy which can be found here. September 5, 2018
June 27, 2017 The Andover School Committee will vote on a new three-year contract with the Andover Education Association Unit A on July 6, 2017. The School Committee’s negotiating subcommittee and the union’s negotiation team have agreed to extend their 2014-2017 collective bargaining agreement through August 31, 2020. The agreement was reached by the negotiation teams on June 14, 2017, ratified by the Andover Education Association Unit A membership on June 23, 2017 and will be voted on by the School Committee on July 6, 2017. Memorandum of Agreement: The Andover School Committee and The Andover Education Association - Unit A - June 14, 2017