Winter Storms Fouls School Break

Board of education approves changes to calendar after early dismissal and snow days.

Superintendent of Schools Jorden Schiff said the choices available for any additional snow days are "rather narrow." Credit: John Patten
Superintendent of Schools Jorden Schiff said the choices available for any additional snow days are "rather narrow." Credit: John Patten
This year's harsh winter weather will be remembered during the warmer days in April, when students spend a half-day in class instead of outside.

After being forced to use up all of the allotted snow days, the Hillsborough Board of Education approved adding half-days of class on April 21—the last day of the scheduled spring break—and May 23, the first day set for the Memorial Day weekend.

The days had been scheduled as professional development days for the district staff, and will include a half-day for development in addition to the half-day for classes.

"Mother Nature has been a little tough on our district," Superintendent Jorden Schiff said.

Board members were concerned about the possibility of more storms further stressing the school calendar. Dr. Schiff called the choices the district faces if any more are needed "rather narrow"—if a snow day is called soon, students could face classes on President's Day (Feb. 17); any additional days would have to be taken from the spring break.

Pamela Zamory January 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Yes...allowing only 1 snow day was a little too optimistic on the BOE's part. Why not allot at least 3 and if we don't take them add them back at spring break?
Patty DelVecchio January 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM
I never understood the concept of underestimating the need for snow days. This is the NE and we get snow..generally every winter. Allot a few extra days and if we don't use them then add them to spring break or even the end of the school year. Is there a secret penalty I am not aware of? Is it like government funding, if you don't use it they take it away and you can't have it back again?
HLS January 29, 2014 at 08:27 AM
the sad part is people already have their vacation planned. I'm sure there will be alot of children absent on those days.
Nicholas A Amato January 30, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Kids come first. If they need to make up the time then make up the time. It's not about the BOE and the teachers.
Vinny Gotalot February 12, 2014 at 04:40 PM
How is it not about the BOE Amato? The BOE only selected one snow day... Serious? Thats a good one. Look out the window tonight when we have another 8 inches of snow on top of the ice and snow we already have. If its about Kids come First - Then Safety is First and they stay home.


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