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May 24, 2013

Duncan students to remain in school Tuesday, Wednesday

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN —

When Duncan seniors cross the stage tonight, they won’t necessarily be done with high school.
Duncan students will go to school Tuesday and Wednesday, following a three-day weekend for Memorial Day. DHS Assistant Principal Merry Stone said those two days are regular school days for students.
“It’s the way the calendar fell,” Stone said.
She isn’t sure what kind of turnout the high school will have for those two days. Boys State and Girl State candidates will be gone that week. But those two days will count as activity absences and will be excused.
Stone said some seniors, who still have enough excused absences left, may choose to call in sick for the two days. She said, whether students choose to attend the last two days of school, class will be in session.
This year marked the use of a different approach to the school calendar. Instead of starting in the middle of August 2012, school started toward the end of the month. As a result, several moments in the school year were skewed.
Because of the later start date, school is ending later. Ordinarily, the school year would be done by graduation and Memorial Day.
Stone said next year’s calendar will address some of the concerns parents, students and teachers have had with this year’s calendar, including starting a few days after New Year’s Day instead of the day after and having school end before graduation.
“It won’t be that way next year,” Stone said. “The last day will be the day before graduation.”