HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– With snow storms regularly hitting the state, school districts across are trying to figure out how to hit the state mandated 180 day mark for their students.
“I think at this point we’re all saying, please not another storm. We’ve just had enough snow,” said Meriden Superintendent Mark Benigni. His district is one snow day away from digging into April vacation week. “We’re just going to put in place the protocol that’s been put in place by the board and the buildings get very hot and warm in the summer months. So we do want to get out before late in June if at all possible.”
Meriden and Hamden are both scheduled to get out the 19th.
Hamden’s Superintendent Jody Goeler said, “We do have four days before we’re taking them off of April vacation.” He said it’s never an easy decision to cancel or delay school. “It’s a real inconvenience for parents to hear that we have a 2 hour delay or a snow day.”
Hartford Public Schools has had 7 snow days. Right now, they’re done June 18th.
In New London and West Haven, their districts planned ahead.
New London started their year very early so even with 5 extra days their district will get out on June 12th. That’s way ahead of the June 30th deadline. State laws require all schools have to get out before July.
For the past two years West Haven has turned February break into a long weekend so that they already had days built into the schedule.
“Now we only have the Monday and the Tuesday off. So, we built in three days during that week,” said West Haven Superintendent Neil Cavallaro. He said they have state testing coming up next month and at this point he’s more worried about students making up the work then making up the days.
“To me, that’s what instruction and teaching and learning is all about, it’s the repetitiveness. It’s the continuity of day to day and instruction and one lesson builds upon another,” said Cavallaro.