Calendar Confusion -- Or Citywide Chaos?

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Substance's George Schmidt finds that the official school calendar says "No Classes" for today -- true only for 150 or so staggered schedule (Track E) schools -- and claims that the misprint has caused widespread confusion among parents and teachers, absences, global warming, etc. 

But is that really true?  We don't know one way or the other.  There's nothing in the post to suggest that attendance is lower today or that parents have been confused.  I'm not clear just how widely used the calendar is.  Could just be an embarrassing typo.  I'll call and see if I can find anything out, but if you noticed something let us know.

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  • At the beginning of the school year we received two different calendars. One was a sheet of paper and the other a Walgreens/CPS monthly calendar. They both had different days off listed. (One had 2 days off for Oct, the other 5.) We were told to follow the single sheet and not the monthly one. This week we had another (thrid) calendar sent home. Seems there is a lot of confusion as far as days off...

  • My students were telling me all week that there was no school on the 16th (today). Announcements were made yesterday to clarify, and most of them are here. I agree that this was unnecessarily confusing.

  • In reply to maestra:

    I don't know if my students got calendars or not this year. I looked around on the first day of school and couldn't find any. (Usually hang one on the bulletin board near my desk for reference.)

    Attendance was actually quite good for a Friday (only one absence in both 1st and 8th period classes), and I didn't hear any students asking about whether or not there was school today.

  • In reply to maestra:

    it is time to have CPS go on one calendar--just one where 90% plus f the schools are ALL on teh same calendar. They can do this if they wanted too. All school should start 8/1 or 1-2 weeks after this--just do this and stop this terrible mess! It was reported here that August attendance was bad for track E schools! How many students wre our city-wide today for regular schools? There is some real data for the PMS man.

  • In reply to maestra:

    Memories. When the Duncan administration came in they also had these kinds of organizational problems. They were all young, new, inexperienced, cocky and did not want to use the historical knowledge or the people who had it. In time they became the holders of the historical knowledge. And now the Huberman administration has come in and they are all young, new, inexperienced, cocky and do not want to use the knowledge that the Duncan people hae learned after 7 years.
    So, simple things like the calendar get all screwed up. And, of course, big things too. It is funny.

  • In reply to maestra:

    well retiredtoo, I see some humor in it, but for those of us who have to work with these cocky, know-it-alls, with their big egos and their "we are better than anyone else" attitude- (see observe how he they treat BEW?!)--especially with all the displaced expereinced and dedicated teachers-- they are throwing us and the children under the bus... AND speaking of bus--how well off did Ron leave the CTA? Youth is wasted on the young!

  • In reply to maestra:

    9.55 Yes, I do sympathize. It is frustrating. And it will hurt the system especially in the first year or two.

  • In reply to maestra:

    I work at a Track E school and we DID have school on the 16th. However, I had 4 out of 25 students absent. Will not know 'why' until Monday.

  • In reply to maestra:

    We received one of those Walgreens/CPS calendars.
    I find myself constantly doublechecking the off/program days listed because there are days for Tracks A-E, in addition to the regular-track schools noted on the calendar. To make matters worse, we received a calendar that apparently runs through January, then skips to June and July. Last week our high school made one of those robo-calls to each home telling us that we are to follow the "regular" track. Apparently there has been some confusion, at least at my kid's school.

  • My students were telling me all week that there was no school on the 16th (today). Announcements were made yesterday to clarify, and most of them are here. I agree that this was unnecessarily confusing.

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