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Westport Extends School Year by Two Days

WESTPORT, Conn. – If you're already looking forward to summer vacation, don't plan on jet-setting with your kids until after June 22. The Westport Board of Education has voted to extend the school year.

Thanks to Hurricane Irene, the first day of school was postponed two days. This cost the district two of its three built-in cancellation days, leaving only one consequence-free cancellation day left for the entire year.

On Monday night, the school board voted unanimously to extend the year from June 20 to June 22. This will ensure the district once again has three built-in emergency days to use during the year, in case of snow or other emergencies.

At its last meeting, the school board discussed other possible makeup options, including extending the year by one day and reducing the number of instructional days from 182 to 181. However, several board members opposed that idea.

If any of the emergency cancellation days aren't used, the board can vote to cut the school year by as many days that weren't used. For example, if all three cancellation days are not used, the school year could end as early as June 19.

To contact Vanessa Inzitari, send an email to vinzitari@thedailywestport.com .

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