Snow days piling up in Connecticut

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Children are gearing up for yet another snow day as Connecticut braces for the winter storm. News 8’s Tina Detelj says that all of the snow days are really adding up.

Several school districts in southeastern Connecticut have already used between four and six snow days this year and most do not have buffer days, so every snow day used is another day added onto the end of the school year.

At this point, New London students have had four snow days and will be in school until June 9th. On the other hand, Stonington has had six snow days.

“Tomorrow might be number seven. We’re looking at that very carefully,” said Dr. Van Riley, Stonington Superintendent of Schools.

Dr. Van Riley spends the night before each storm talking to other superintendents and watching the weather. He knows that a snow day means an interruption in testing and other activities.

“Tomorrow we have our middle school parent conferences so we have to change all those,” he said.

“Some days you know there’s no need to be out of school all day long, the roads are decent after a couple of hours,” Trisha Tokin, parent.

By state law, school has to be out by June 30th. As of now, Stonington is scheduled to be done with the school year on June 18th. Another snow day could change that date to June 19th or take away a professional development day for teachers instead.

“It is a… it’s a tough decision. We really try to make the right call and it’s always for safety,” said Dr. Van Riley.

As the snow piles up, so do the snow days and one school district is in a bit of a dilemma. In Groton, the end of the school year is already pushed to June 18th and graduation is still set for June 20th. This district does not have many more days to spare and if there are more than three snow days, then they may have to get creative.

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