Norwalk To Consider Changes In School Calendar

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Will Norwalk school buses transport students during the February vacation in 2013?
Will Norwalk school buses transport students during the February vacation in 2013? Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. – After Hurricane Sandy wiped out multiple days from the school calendar last week, the Norwalk Board of Education is considering changes to the rest of the year to make up for those lost days.

The administration has not yet presented specific changes to the board, but interim Superintendent Tony Daddona and board members are scheduled to discuss the issue during a meeting Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. in Room 300 in City Hall.

Schools were closed Monday to Monday, Oct. 29 through Nov. 5, due to the storm. According to Daddona, there are only a handful of snow days left in the school year.

“Until yesterday’s storm, we hadn’t even had a snowflake, but we’d used up six snow days,” said board Chairman Jack Chiaramonte. “If we have a mild winter, that won’t be a problem. But if you think the winter could be a difficult one, then we’ve got a situation on our hands.”

Although specific proposals have not been discussed, Chiaramonte said the district could consider shortening the February vacation or shifting around staff professional development days.

Two years ago, the district shortened the February break to make up days.

The last day of school is scheduled for June 14 if no makeup days are added. Chiaramonte said he and other board members would prefer not to add days onto the end of the year because it can be “too inconvenient for too many families.”

“We need to have more than four or five snow days in the bank, so to speak,” he said. “We have to decide this quickly because people will soon make plans for the vacations.”

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Parks and Recs, and area camps should run until the 2nd week of Aug. These are things that the mayor or whoever should try to do for us parents, last year we got out early and then camp didn't start until after 4th of july and then camp was over less then 3 weeks later. What in the world is that. Norwalk has to do alot better looking out for families that pay their saleries with our taxes, lets start demoting them and maybe we can get our point across. I do love my students but my own children comes first.

At this point, it doesnt matter if they take the whole february break or add the days towards the end of the year. Parents like myself will still take my family on vacations in Feb, and I work for the BOE. You would want to add it at the end, because last year was the first to ever to get out on the 15th of june. Keep us in, in that way parents like myself, kids can be in school, and they can roll right into summer camp.

I have to agree with the last 2 posters... don't mind the semester to go a little longer. What totally stinks is that the last week is 1/2 days, when NOTHING happens that is productive. The BOE should change the calendar to full days for elementary. End the year on a strong note, not a wimper with games, play, packing and field trips.

I totally agree breemzac. They shortened the school year last year and still had the summer camps start at the same time...leaving me with my kids and nothing to do. That was a whole lot of inconvenience. If they don't make the school year longer...they should start the parks and recs camps sooner!

Adding on to the end of the year is not inconvenient to all parents. It actually helps bridge the gap of time between school ending and summer camp beginning for working parents.

At this point I'm sure people have already made plans for their vacations, especially the already shortened February break!