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Strike make-up days mean no Presidents’ Day and shorter winter break for students

Updated: October 29, 2012 7:05AM

To make up for a seven-day teachers’ strike, most Chicago Public School students will have classes on Presidents Day, see their winter break trimmed back and end the school year later than expected in June.

CPS officials Thursday unveiled their long-awaited “strike-adjusted’’ school calendar, but also revealed for the first time that students will have 181 days of student attendance this school year, up from 170 last year. However, six of the new days are half-days of attendance.

For the two-thirds of the system on a traditional calendar that started the day after Labor Day, the seven make-up days will be: Jan 3 and 4, which originally were part of winter break; the Feb 18 Presidents Day holiday; June 19-21, and Monday, June 24, which will be the new last day of school.

For students on a year-round calendar, make-up days will be: Oct. 15-19, originally part of the fall break; the Feb. 18 Presidents Day holiday; and Wednesday, June 19, the new last day of school.

CPS officials noted that Columbus Day, Oct. 8, will remain a student and staff attendance day this school year, but next school year both parties will have it off.

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