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Follow-up Letter RE: Delayed entry days

posted Aug 31, 2010, 7:10 AM by Dianne Georgantas

August 30, 2010



Dear Parent and/or Guardian:


This is a follow-up to the letter that had been sent earlier this month with regards to the late start day pilot during this school year. 


There has been a change to the childcare plan proposal and prices for the late start days.  The cost of $17.00 per session was felt to be prohibitive for families. The School Committee asked the Superintendent and principals to revisit the plan to try to find a more reasonable solution.  The principals devised a plan where students may remain at their home schools, thus reducing the need and cost for transportation.  The schools will work in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation Department to provide childcare on site at each school.


The cost per child will be $10.00 per session.  There needs to be a minimum of 10 students registered for each session in order for childcare to be provided at each school.  The Parks and Recreation Department will manage the registration and collection of payment while the schools will oversee the child care.  The link to the registration form is located at .


We are thankful to the principals for determining a cost effective solution for providing childcare during late start days.  We, as a district, value this release time provided by the community for collaboration, and we look forward to seeing the results in the classrooms.  We appreciate your support and hope that you find this childcare solution more reasonable.


As a reminder, during the second half of the school year, you will have an opportunity to offer feedback on how the late start days are working.  We will also be assessing the program internally and gathering data to help us determine if this is an effective and productive use of time.


For this pilot year, the proposal allows for three (3) late start days at the high school and four (4) late start days for the elementary schools.  At the middle school level, the proposal allows for seven (7) late start days.  The primary reason behind the difference in number of release days is based primarily on Time-on-Learning requirements at the state level.  All schools have a minimum number of hours they must meet each year and, at the middle level, there is additional time available to allow for more release time.


On each of the late start days listed below, students will arrive at school two hours later than normal.  The arrival times are different depending on the level (elementary, middle, high) your child (ren) attends.  The dates are as follows:


Date of Delayed Start

Participating Schools

September 30

Middle Schools Only

October 28

All Schools

December 2

Middle Schools Only

January 27

All Schools

March 24

Elementary & Middle Schools Only

April 28

Middle Schools Only

May 19

All Schools


If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Bari Jarvis Director of the Longmeadow Parks and Recreation at 565-4160.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the program, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal.


Thank you.



Marie Doyle