As winter stubbornly hangs on and brings the possibility of another storm this week, local school districts are updating their year-end calendars to accommodate the number of snow days.
Most districts prefer not to chip away at April school vacation and instead will tack days on at the end of the year, reschedule professional days or turn half-days into full days.
The decision to cancel or delay school usually prompts cheers from students and leaves working parents scrambling to make child care arrangements. School superintendents generally make their decisions on weather forecasts, predictions about road and travel conditions throughout the day, and in consultation with bus companies.
“So far, we have had six snow days and will not impact the April vacation,” said a spokeswoman for Meriden public schools. “ Currently, our last school day is June 14.”
If school is canceled again the last day of school in Meriden will be June 18.
Connecticut requires 180 days of student instruction with individual school districts determining the exact number.
Wallingford Public Schools have also used eight snow days. The district allocated nine days for the entire year to be added to the final day and has only one snow day left before it eliminates April 20 (a Friday) off the spring vacation.
“We agreed on nine snow days and not to extend it (the school year) beyond 10,” said Superintendent Salvatore Menzo. “We are not looking to take (away from) April vacation.”
Southington Public Schools had used six snow days by Thursday and allowed itself 13 days to add to the June 12 projected school end date. Should it exceed 13 days, the school will begin taking days on April 13 and work backwards. As of Thursday the last day of school is June 20.
Berlin Public Schools have also used six snow days and has set June 22 for its last day. Another day would bring that to June 25. Cheshire Public Schools have used eight days so far. As of Thursday, schools are set to close June 20.