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Sandy Reshapes Ridgefield Public Schools Calendar

The Ridgefield Board of Education on Monday approved revisions to the 2012-2013 school calendar in order to make up for the six days of school lost due to Hurricane Sandy.

 

The good news is the April school break in Ridgefield so far remains intact.

The bad news is students will be in school later in June.

The Board of Education on Monday approved revisions to the 2012-2013 school calendar in order to make up for the six days of school lost due to Hurricane Sandy, which tore through the region on Oct. 29.

As per the revised calendar, the last day of school is now June 19 — four school days later than the originally-scheduled last day on June 13.

In addition a staff development day scheduled for Feb. 19 is now a full day for students.

The sixth day was made up when students attended a full day of school on the Veteran's Day holiday on Nov. 12.

During Monday's board meeting Karen Dewing, director of school personnel, explained that on Nov. 5 — nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy blew through town — the school staff reported to work, however the schools remained closed to students because many bus routes were still impassable.

As a result, "we decided to use [Nov. 5] as a professional development day," Dewing said, adding that this stroke of foresight is what enabled the professional development day scheduled for Feb. 19 to be used as a full day for students, without the loss of a development day.

Dewing said in the event the district needs to use an additional "snow day," the calendar will be extended and the last day of school will become June 20.

If the district needs to use two additional "snow days," with the second one coming prior to Feb. 1, she said, then a professional development day on April 1 will become a full day for students.

Dewing said the staff development day will be rescheduled for the end of the school year, in the event April 1 is used as a school day.

Dewing said the school administration would consider adding more days to the end of the school year should more than two additional "snow days" be needed.

Lisa Buchman (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Does the extended school year affect anyone's camp plans? What do you think about the revisions?
Thomas Soukup December 11, 2012 at 01:52 PM
It was back in the days when the kids had to be home for the Spring planting.
Deb D. Morrison December 11, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I heard if ur in a state of emergency school days do not have to be made up... fact or fiction??
Lisa Buchman (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Interesting question Deb. On the NYS Education Dept. website it says: "The Commissioner is authorized to excuse up to five days for extraordinary circumstances, if those lost days of session could not have been made up by using, for the secondary grades, all scheduled vacation days which occur prior to the first scheduled Regents examination day in June, and, for the elementary grades, all scheduled vacation days which occur prior to the last scheduled Regents examination day in June." More here, if you are interested: https://stateaid.nysed.gov/attendance/attendance_memo.htm
S December 14, 2012 at 09:44 AM
Fiction...when we had 10 + snow days several years ago this question was posed by the superintendent to the state and the answer was NO. I suppose things can change but several years ago answer was no. Also kids cannot got to school past the month of June.
parent06877 December 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Our school district is already in violation of several connecticut statutes. Does it matter if we break a few more?
Lisa Buchman (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Oh dear—@paul d. You're absolutely right, NY law doesn't apply here. Thanks for your patience as I adjust to Ridgefield! I've been reporting just over the NY border in Lewisboro for a few years. Connecticut law also mandates that schools be open for 180 days every school year and whether the CT DOE granted waivers of this requirement, I'm not sure (but I've got a call in to the DOE). Thanks!

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