Friday, October 2, 2015

Adjusted school day hours to take effect November 30

Starting in November, the school day in Manchester will begin a bit later in the morning and end a bit later in the afternoon.  The hours for elementary, middle and high schools are being adjusted based on the recently approved teachers’ contract with the Manchester Education Association. The newly bargained schedule will take effect on Monday, November 30, 2015.

An hours-based academic calendar is included in the current contract, which means longer school days and three built-in snow days that don’t have to be made up in June. The anticipated last day of school, assuming fewer than four snow days, is Thursday, June 9.

The first graduating class from MST High School will hold its commencement on Friday, June 3 at 2:00 PM, while West, Memorial, and Central high schools will graduate on Saturday, June 4 at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM respectively.

The Manchester Education Association and the Manchester School District have worked together to create school start and end schedules, below, which align with this new calendar. The school district has been planning for the change to ensure a smooth transition for schools and families. New bus schedules will be available in early November.

The contract also designates a day in January or February as a teacher professional learning day once a date has been chosen for the 2016 New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Students will not attend school on that day. The official date is to be determined by the Secretary of State.

The agreement between the Manchester Board of School Committee and Manchester Education Association is for three years and includes following these bell times for the duration.           

                                          Students arrive      Class begins       Dismissal
Elementary schools               8:30 am               8:45 am             2:50 pm
Morning preschool               9:05 am                9:15 am             11:45 am
Afternoon preschool           12:35 pm              12:45 pm           3:15 pm
Full-day preschool                8:45 am               9:00 am             2:00 pm
Middle school                        7:20 am               7:35 am             2:20 pm
High school                            7:38 am               7:45 am             2:53 pm

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