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With No 'Snow Days' Left, Wilton Cuts February Break

The calendar adjustments — which were approved by the Board of Education during its meeting last Tuesday — means Feb. 20-22 will return to being school days, instead of vacation days.

Due to Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent loss of all six "snow days" for the year, the school administration in Wilton has decided to cut three days from the February break, as well as lengthening the school year by two days.

The calendar adjustments — which were approved by the Board of Education during its meeting last Tuesday (see attached memo) — means Feb. 20-22 will return to being regular school days, instead of vacation days.

Students will still get Feb. 18 (President's Day) and Feb. 19 as days off from school.

In addition the school district has decided to change a staff development day on Feb. 4 to a half day for students.

To download a copy of the revised school calendar, click here.

A Lincoln November 27, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Yeah,,,,In my day we had to walk 15 miles in all kinds of weather to get to school
Not Smart November 27, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Hopefully it does not snow during Feb break and they don't need to use any of the added days as snow days.
Amo Probus November 27, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Yeah, but they were BIG snowflakes
RH November 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Hi, AZ -- I hear what you're saying. Time away with the kids is important. But that time can always be rescheduled. Although I have admittedly been inconvenienced by this, I'm trying to think of the greater good here. In my view, to take my kids out of school for something other than illness or other emergencies implies that school is not important, or at least that it is less important, I should say. If I can reschedule the family trip to April or early summertime, then I say that I have made a wise choice in modeling for my children the notion that one's responsibilities come first, that education is a priority, and that sometimes life just doesn't run as smoothly as one would hope. Sometimes, one just needs to adjust to roadblocks that come one's way. And, rules are rules... despite whether or not one agrees with them. I would encourage other parents to think about all of this carefully before deciding to pull their kids out of school on these days in February. I don't mean to sound preachy, but I feel very strongly that, far too often, we are sending the wrong messages to our children... even when we don't necessarily realize it. Thanks for your feedback, though.
Connecticut15 November 30, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Didn't we have at least two weeks off last year because of the storms before school started and then the end of October? Did they cancel Feb days last year? I remember teachers saying that having breaks in the middle of winter are important for the mental and physical health of the students - as a parent I agree. Going a few more days in June makes more sense.

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