Lynden eliminates most early release days, moves to regular Wednesday late arrivals

Lynden eliminates most early release days, moves to regular Wednesday late arrivals
Posted on 08/03/2017
In an effort to create consistency for families and valuable time for teachers, Lynden Schools has eliminated nearly all of its early release days and will institute a one-hour late arrival on every Wednesday of the school year.

“We are trying to adjust so there is a consistent amount of time within the school year for teachers to work on important things such as developing and designing engaging lessons, working collaboratively to meet the needs of students and work on best practices and curriculum,” says Jim Frey, superintendent. “The consistent one hour does that and simplifies the calendar.”

Frey says feedback from families showed the early release dates were considered random and haphazard, which could make planning difficult, and the shortening of the day at times made it tricky for learning to take place in the way teachers desired.

As part of the simplified calendar, buses will run one hour late for all schools on Wednesday, but the majority of school buildings will remain open at regular times with structured supervision available for students who need to be dropped early at all elementary schools and Lynden Middle School. “The aim is to make it as easy on families and we want to make sure we are responsive to needs,” Frey says. “The structured supervision solves some of that.”

The calendar still retains a few early release days, including the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and on the last day of school. Teacher-parent conferences will also include early release dates. Another change, though, is the district has separated elementary and middle school conferences to different days.

The calendar changes are still subject to ratification by the Lynden Education Association and the Lynden School District Board of Directors.