With the help of some snow-day math, Board of Ed officials have come up with a schedule to make up for all that lost school this winter—without ruining families’ April vacation plans.
New Haven has lost 11 school days (so far) due to storm cancellations this year. The school district had planned for only two.
It took care of four more by canceling most of February vacation. That didn’t go over great with everybody.
So in considering how to make up the last five days, officials consulted with the teachers union, the administrators union, and the Citywide Parent
They decided to leave April vacation intact.
They decided to turn two half days—April 12 and June 19—into full days. Combined, that saves one day, not two. That’s because the extra half falls short of four hours, explained Board of Ed spokeswoman Abbe Smith. A school has to stay open for at least four hours to have it count as a full day, she said.
To get the last four days, the Board of Ed is extending the school year by adding half days on June 20, 21, 24, and 25. Each of those half days will count as full days. They’ll last four hours.
“I thank parents, teachers and staff for stepping up to the plate during February break and ensuring our students had strong, academically focused school days after missing school six days in a row. Let us continue working together toward a strong finish for this school year,” Superintendent Reggie Mayo stated in a Board of Ed press release.