BERKELEY – The Central Regional School District will hold class on Saturday, June 9, to make up a school closing from earlier this month.
Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides put out a letter to parents stating that there will be a half day for students on June 9. The Middle School will have class from 8:40 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., and the high school will be from 7:40 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Lunches will be served that day, and the pick-up time will be the same as a regular abbreviated schedule.
The cause for this stems from the district closing on May 4 due to a power outage. The schools did not receive the 240 minutes of instruction that the law requires, he said. So, that day did not count in the eyes of the state.
If the district had added on a school day to the end of the year, it would have thrown off the graduation day, he said in the letter. The state requires 180 days of school before the graduation ceremony. A Saturday school day would cause less upset in people’s schedules than to upset the graduation plans of families who have relatives coming in from out of state. It would also roll over into the elementary school district, because it would have to move the date of the Berkeley Township Elementary graduation, since they would be using Central’s facilities.
The graduations are still set for the Middle School at 6 p.m. on June 15, and for the High School at 6 p.m. on June 18.