Superintendent Jason McCandless and the Pittsfield Public Schools School Committee announce opening dates and times for the 2013-2014 school year.
The school calendar, along with the Policy Handbook for Parents and Students, is on the district website, www.pittsfield.net.
The first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 3, is a half-day for students on which professional development workshops will be presented to staff in the afternoon. Full days begin on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The Pittsfield Public Schools will open according to the following schedule:
n Kindergarten: On Tuesday, Sept. 3, there will be no kindergarten classes, but parent/guardian orientation will be held at the individual schools. On Wednesday, Sept. 4, half-day kindergarten begins. Full day kindergarten will start Monday, Sept. 23.
n Grades 1 to 5: Tuesday, Sept. 3 will be a half-day. Full days begin Wednesday, Sept. 4.
n Elementary School hours: Half Days: 8:30 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.; Full Days: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
n Grade 6: "Grade 6 First Day," an orientation program for incoming grade 6 students and their parents/guardians, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 7:25 to 10:50 a.m. Full days begin on Wednesday, Sept. 4, for all students.
n Grades 7 and 8: Students in grades 7 and 8 will not attend school on Tuesday, Sept. 3, but will have a full day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Full days begin on Wednesday, Sept. 4 for all students.
n Middle School hours: Half Days: 7:25 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.; Full Days: 7:25 a.m. to 2:28 p.m.
n Grade 9: The Freshman "First Day Program" will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 7:25 to 10:40 a.m. Parents/guardians are invited to attend this half-day program during which they will have the opportunity to attend a general orientation session, meet teachers, and preview their child’s schedule. Wednesday, Sept. 4 will be a full day for all students.
n Grades 10 to 12: Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 will not attend school on Tuesday, Sept. 3, but will have a full day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Full days begin Wednesday, Sept. 4 for all students.
n High School hours: Half Days: 7:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.; Full Days: 7:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Direct questions to the child’s school or to the Office of the Deputy Superintendent, (413) 499-9510.