Teachers in La Cañada Unified could receive four pupil-free days next year for professional development and collaboration next year if the school board approves a recommendation that first appeared on its agenda Tuesday. A final decision is expected May 31.
The recommendation for providing teachers with four pupil-free days came out of negotiations between the district and La Cañada Teacher’s Association. Both parties agreed to increasing the length of the school day in the district by a few minutes to account for the missed instructional time created by the pupil-free days.
“I think [the pupil-free days] are something that will be extremely advantageous for our instructional programming. The extra instructional time will make up for those four days,” said Wendy Sinnette, the assistant superintendent of human resources who is poised to become superintendent at the end of this school year.
The four pupil-free days will “allow teachers to get on the same page, calibrate instruction and make sure positive things are happening across the board,” Sinnette said.