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Westport School Board Saves April Break

Attention Westport students and parents: Your April vacation plans are safe. On Monday night, the Board of Education accepted a snow day makeup plan that won't eliminate the weeklong break unless absolutely necessary.

Under the plan, which was accepted in a 4-3 vote, an upcoming staff development day on Feb. 28 will become a normal school day. Additionally, the school year will be reduced from 182 instructional days to 181.

At this point, Westport schools have called five snow days, three of which were built into the calendar. And though Monday's adjustments account for the two most recent snow days, the board decided on a contingency plan that would allow for seven additional snow/weather cancellations, including all four days in April, if needed.

"If we have another snow day, we'll reduce to 180 days. If we have another snow day after that, we will [extend the school year] until Thursday, June 23," Superintendent Elliott Landon said before the board voted. "If there's another snow day beyond that, we'll go until Friday, June 24. Any snow days beyond that, we will cut in to the April vacation, starting with Monday, the 18."

This means April vacation is safe, so long as there aren't more than three additional snow days this year.

"And if we have that many more snow days, we have much bigger problems," joked Board of Education Chairman Don O'Day.

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