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Westport School Board Talks Snow Day Make-Ups

*Updated 2/2/11 6:30 a.m.: Westport families that booked vacations over February break can breathe a sigh of relief because the Board of Education announced Monday night it would not cut into winter vacation to make up for snow days.

"If anyone in the community has made plans for February, it's impossible to change them now," Superintendent Elliott Landon told the board.

Board Vice Chairman Jim Marpe agreed it's too late to consider February as an option because the winter recess starts Feb. 21. People that booked hotels or bought plane tickets likely wouldn't be refunded if they canceled, he said.

Although February vacation is off the chopping block, the same can't be said for April vacation. So far, the district has seen five snow days , three of which were built into the calendar. This means two snow days need to be made up. But as Chairman Don O'Day said, it's unlikely there won't be any more snow days .

During their discussion, O'Day and several other board members, as well as Landon, were in favor of dipping into the April vacation. The only question was whether to eliminate spring break or reduce it. If the break in April were eliminated, that would give the board a total of four make-up days, meaning three more snow days could be called this year.

"I'm in favor of using all four [days] in April with the idea being we've already used four days, so we're basically hitting the reset button on our snow days," said board member Michael McGovern. "If we make the decision to take all four days, it adds some certainty for people if they know whether they're going to be in school that week. And if we get lucky, what's the worst that will happen is we'll finish school three days earlier."

The board will continue weighing its options in regard to making up snow days at its next meeting Feb. 7.

Related Story: Westport Schools All Snowed Out

Do you think taking days away from or eliminating April vacation altogether is a good idea? Leave a comment below.

*(This story was updated to reflect the snow day on Wednesday, Feb. 2)

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