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April Vacation Is Safe for Weston Schools, For Now

WESTON, Conn. – Even though Weston's schools were closed for a week, officials say that has not impacted April vacation — at least not yet.

The district has canceled nine school days since the beginning of the academic year, Superintendent Colleen Palmer said Thursday. Four days were lost after Tropical Storm Irene, and five were missed after the historic pre-Halloween snowstorm.

Although some districts have already shortened their April vacations to make up days, Palmer said, the Weston Board of Education “already took action on the school calendar in mid-September in the aftermath of losing four days to Irene.”

Palmer said, “The Board of Education was able to adjust the calendar to have students attend school on two previously scheduled professional development days for teachers, Oct. 7, and Election Day, Nov. 8. This strategy provided two additional snow days in June, which given the current conditions, may be used this week.”

So in a storm-free winter, the last day of school should be June 21. If any additional snowstorms hit the region and force a cancellation, Palmer said, the district would then begin taking days off the April 16 to 20 vacation.

Perfect attendance in the winter is almost impossible, Palmer said. “Assessing the number of days already taken for weather early in this school year, families should assume that with a normal winter of four to five snow days, most, if not all, of April break will have students in session.”

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