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Sycamore school board expected to vote on 2019-20 school calendar

January 7, 2019

SYCAMORE – School District 427 officials will talk more about what it might mean for the district to redefine an instructional day in the city’s schools during their meeting Tuesday.

Newer regulations from the Illinois State Board of Education are now leaving the definition of an instructional day up to individual school districts and are moving away from a previous requirement where students had to be in their seats, in their classrooms, at least five hours a day.

Superintendent Kathy Countryman had said it could give a lot of good opportunities for local control, including flexible scheduling for the high school. She said in an email Monday afternoon the 2019-2020 district calendar will be up for a second reading and consideration for board approval on Tuesday.

“The Board will also hear from our District technology committee regarding the status of access to technology and future needs the Board may want to explore,” Countryman said in the email.

Unlike what DeKalb School District 428 is considering, Countryman had said District 427 is not looking at including remote student engagement or e-learning days. She had said district officials didn’t want to hop on the band wagon too early without taking the time to look at what that would mean for students, teachers and the administration.

Countryman also said in the email staff members from West Elementary School will be displaying some new technology tools that they received through a foundation grant during the Tuesday meeting.

Countryman was not available for additional comment Monday afternoon. Countryman’s administrative assistant Kathy Sloniker did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Daily Chronicle.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Elementary, 240 Fair St.

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