Thank you for your emails, phone calls and concerns. I understand your frustration with the proposed change for the graduation date. Unfortunately, according to CT General Statutes Section 10-16l, graduation cannot occur before the 180th day of school. I have included the statute below.
“Sec. 10-16l. Establishment of graduation date. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, a local or regional board of education may establish for any school year a firm graduation date for students in grade twelve which is no earlier than the one hundred eighty-fifth day noted in the school calendar originally adopted by the board for that school year, except that a board on or after April first in any school year may establish such a firm graduation date for that school year which at the time of such establishment provides for at least one hundred eighty days of school.”
On Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a forum held at Torrington High School’s Cafeteria to discuss options to accommodate the State Statutes and provide another date for graduation. I hope you will be able to attend.