Why do schools have in-service days?
In-service days serve a number of critical purposes for our school. Primarily, they are an opportunity to ensure that we are implementing professional training opportunities for our teachers. This is critical to our ability to meet State regulations that every staff member receive a minimum of fifteen hours of continuing education each year.
In-service days also provide each classroom with time to organize the room and change out materials. They also have the chance to build community among the classroom team and discuss issues in the classroom without the children being present.
We have a total of 260 contact days during 52 weeks of school. Staff in-service days comprise 4% of school year while holidays comprise 9% of school year.