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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.

BOE does it backwards again! November 26, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Good job BOE...NOT! Do you think that there might be any possibility that there might be snow days in Feb. resulting in some of the added days being a snow day? On the other hand, the possibility of a snow day in April if they had taken away from April break is pretty much zero. Not to mention that Feb. break being closer, many families and staff have already made plans for Feb. break, where as many people have not yet planned for April break. Yes I know that some have already planned April break but i am willing to bet that more had already completed plans for Feb. break as compared to April.
RH November 27, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Regardless of whether we agree with the decision made by the Board of Education, we parents do need to abide by that decision and ensure that our kids are in school on these three days. We all believe in providing consistency in the lives of our children, so it is important that we practice what we preach and that we do whatever is necessary to have our kids in school on these days. That being said, I have some rescheduling to do...
Nancy Rosenblatt November 27, 2012 at 01:56 AM
We in the parent community rallied to be heard, asking for consistency and out of the box thinking to make up lost days due to Hurricane Sandy. I made a point to send emails asking for the Board of Ed and the Superintendent to reconsider their decision on the half days. I admit that I was among the many who wanted to be "heard," motivated by a blog post by one of Patch's bloggers. Was I asking for consistency in days in school? Was I asking for them to tackle the calendar to make up the lost days of the hurricane? Was I asking that teachers fit in parent conferences around full days of teaching? Was I asking that they at least just listen to what parents had to say? My answer to all is yes. While losing part of February break is inconvenient (we have to cancel skiing that week), I don't feel right complaining about the decision made. All of my questions above--- that I had urged the BOE to consider--- were all addressed.
B. Conway November 27, 2012 at 02:00 AM
What blog post was it that spear-headed the grassroots movement to get people to email the board members and superintendents until they responded or took action? I don't know which one that was?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Hi B. Conway - might it have been this letter to the editor? http://wilton.patch.com/articles/lte-49dde5aa
Chandra Johnson Greene November 27, 2012 at 03:55 AM
And that letter to the editor, B. Conway and Jaimie, was a reaction to this piece by Heather Borden Herve: http://patch.com/A-zwMS
G Pyle November 27, 2012 at 02:21 PM
BOE has used out of the box thinking...just not the box the first comment was hoping for I guess..Bravo to the others who clearly get it...and big thumbs up to BOE for taking a bold move. can't have it both ways parents.
EMR November 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
schools had dismissal because of some snow flakes at 40' gimmee a break!
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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