Crown Heights’s two largest Jewish boys’ schools have been working in conjunction and together have modified their school calendars, making changes to when the summer break begins and ends.
In a letter sent out to Oholei Torah parents they were notified that the school year will end on June 14th, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz and restart on August 21th, the 10th of Elul, limiting the summer break to nine weeks.
The letter notes that boy’s overnight camps have agreed to also modify their schedule in order to accommodate this change.
These changes – the letter notes – have been made with the “backing of the Vaad Ruchni” and that it was done after much consideration.
One parent, in an anonymous letter, decried the sudden change and how it has been shrouded in secrecy and lamented the fact that boy’s schools and girls schools will have drastically different schedules – some will be in school while other will already be in summer camp.
Though this move is sure to appease the supporters of a shorter summer, who have long called the summer months ‘frie tzeit’, and an undue expense. “For some the camp tuition cost alone makes up as much as their tuition bill of the entire year” wrote one in an op-ed.
The letter goes on to note the dates for the following school year as well.