WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport students will now be in school until Monday, June 24, after last Friday’s snowstorm, which caused classes to be canceled.
Before last week’s snow day, the last day of school was set for Friday, June 21, Westport Board of Education Chairwoman Elaine Whitney said Tuesday.
“Hopefully, that was the end of the snow,” Whitney said about last Friday’s storm.
If, however, another weather-related cancellation occurs this year, the last day of school would then be June 25, she said.
In December, the school board approved several calendar changes that not only accounted for the days missed due to Hurricane Sandy, but also gave the district three additional snow days to use if needed. The plan, which the board unanimously approved, extended the school year from June 20 to June 25.
On Feb. 11, the district called a snow day due to the blizzard. This was the first weather-related closure since Sandy. That snow day pushed the year to June 21.
Last Friday’s closure — which came exactly one month after the blizzard hit — solidified June 24 as the new last day.
Last month, Superintendent Elliott Landon was criticized for not canceling school on Feb. 8 , the day the blizzard struck. Nearly all schools in Fairfield County called a snow day that morning. Westport, however, called for an early dismissal.
If school had been canceled Feb. 8, the last day would have been set for June 25, leaving the district unprepared in case of more bad weather.
“If we were at June 25 now and there was another snow day this year, the board would have to decide what to do,” Whitney said.
Early next month, the district will set a date for graduation, Whitney said.
Beginning next year, five snow days will be built into each school calendar, up from three.
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