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Norwalk Board Of Ed Considers Eliminating February Break

Interim Superintendent Tony Daddona is recommending Norwalk schools eliminate the February break to make up for canceling of school during and after Hurricane Sandy.
Interim Superintendent Tony Daddona is recommending Norwalk schools eliminate the February break to make up for canceling of school during and after Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. – After canceling school for several days due to Hurricane Sandy, Norwalk school officials are now considering the cancellation of February break to make up for the missed sessions.

The district lost six days due to the storm and it has five snow days left to keep the system on track for a 181-day school year, according to interim Superintendent Tony Daddona. By canceling the February break, the district will regain some cushion in the event of more snow days.

Daddona made the recommendation to the Board of Education during a meeting Tuesday night, but the board did not vote on the measure. Instead, a decision will be made at its next meeting, scheduled for Nov. 20.

Currently, the last day of school will be June 21, Daddona said, due to the storm closings.

“We would eliminate the vacation days of Friday, the 15th, and Tuesday, the 19th,” Daddona said. “Monday, the 18th, we have to take because it’s a national holiday.”

If the rest of the school year holds with only a couple of more snow days, the school system would not need to add days onto the end of the year, which board members and some residents said they would hope to avoid.

“Days added in June are not value-added or productive,” said Norwalk school employee and resident Marcia Kibbe. “Students and teachers begin to shut down because the classrooms are so hot.”