Students in the Alpine School District will have a new holiday next year.
Human Rights Day (Jan. 15) was made an official school holiday by unanimous vote of the Alpine School Board Tuesday evening. The board approved a revised calendar for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 school years, and approved a calendar schedule for the 1991-92 school year.Board member Linda Campbell said she had received calls from teachers who felt they were able to accomplish more by using Human Rights Day as an educational opportunity in classes. But Dale Price, assistant superintendent of personnel and head of the committee that recommended the calendar schedules, said a majority of the committee felt Human Rights Day should be observed as a holiday.
The Alpine School District has been criticized for not closing its schools in honor of the observance, which is largely followed throughout the rest of the United States.
The new calendar schedules also align spring break with Easter. Spring break has previously been scheduled for the third week in April in the Alpine School District.
The Alpine School District makes up its calendar three years in advance so employees and patrons have time to make vacation and other plans. The calendar can be amended before or during a current school year, however.
Recommendations for the school calendars were made by a committee composed of two student representatives, representatives of the PTA, the classified employees association, the teachers' association and the administrators' association.
The 1989-90 school year will begin Aug. 30 and conclude June 1. Holidays included on the calendar are: Labor Day (Sept. 4); UEA Convention (Oct. 12-13); Thanksgiving (Nov. 23-23); Christmas/New Year's Day (Dec. 22-Jan. 2); Human Rights Day (Jan. 15); Presidents Day (Feb. 19); spring vacation (April 12-13); and Memorial Day (May 28).
Also, during 1989-90 teacher compensation days will be held on Nov. 22 and March 23.