Summer School Off to a ‘Smooth Start,’ Brenner Says

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Right after Darien Public Schools ended the regular school year on Thursday and teachers wrapped up their school year on Friday, summer school opened at Darien High School the next weekday, this past Monday.

Schools Superintendent Dan Brenner told the Board of Education that work was done over Saturdays and Sundays to get ready for summer school, but the effort paid off.

“Summer school has started, and I’m pleased to report it’s been a really smooth start,” he said.

“It was a monumental task, given the fact that [the last day of] school [was] pushed out because of the snow days, and so we moved on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and then we started again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday — because there was so much to do — and then we started on Monday. […]

“We were able to start the summer the way we we’re supposed to start the summer.”

Brenner is winding up his job as superintendent, which officially ends on Saturday, June 30. He then starts his new job as director of the United Nations International School in New York City.

Pickups and Drop Offs at Darien High School This Summer

Darienite previously published this announcement on June 22, and we thought it might be useful to post again here:

Anyone dropping off or picking up summer school students at Darien High School is being asked by the school district to do so in designated locations because of summer construction on campus.

Here’s a letter sent out by the school district:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our high school campus will be undergoing some construction this summer in order to expand the cafeteria and complete several other projects.  If you are visiting our campus in order to drop off/pick up students for Summer School programs or to participate in other activities, please follow the traffic flow as detailed in the attached map.

The campus will see the most amount of activity between 8 and 9 a.m. and 12 noon and 1 p.m. If you are dropping off/picking up students during those hours we ask that you do so in front of the auditorium or in the loop by the gym entrance.

Please do not stop to drop off/pick up in front of the main entrance or library entrance.   The area that is typically used for buses during the school year will become temporary parking, in addition to the regular parking spots, if you would like to walk your child into the building.

We will have cones, signs, and staff members to direct traffic according to the planned routes and to maintain safety for all.

We hope you have a great summer!

Thank you,
Darien Public Schools

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