UPDATE ON SCHOOLS REOPENING NEXT WEEK

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2012
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Abbe Smith
NHPS Director of Communications
abbe.smith@new-haven.k12.ct.us
 
 
REMINDER THAT NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL RESUME NEXT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19; AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

This is a reminder that New Haven Public Schools will be in session next week starting Tuesday, February 19 and continuing through Friday, February 22.
 
NEW INFORMATION:
 
·         New Haven Public School after-school programs have been cancelled next week.
 
·         All pre-kindergarten programs are running on their normal schedule next week.
 
·         We ask that parents make every effort to send their children to school next week. We plan to accommodate families who have prearranged travel plans that cannot be changed. Those students will receive excused absences, upon submission of itinerary.
 
·         New Haven Adult Education will be open next week, including evening classes on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Wednesday, Feb. 20.
 
·         The Magnet School Application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 22. Applications must be submitted online or in person by February 22. More information at: www.newhavenmagnetschools.com.
 
·         Residents parking in school lots due to the snow should move their cars out of the lots by noon Sunday – or sooner – so crews can finish preparing the lots for students to return Tuesday.
 
·         Schools will be fully staffed next week with Central Office and itinerant administrators filling in where needed. This week will be a regular week in terms of academic rigor in the classroom and focus on instruction.
 
·         Busing will resume its normal schedule Tuesday.
 
This has been a challenging year for the school district in terms of weather - Superstorm Sandy in the fall and the record-breaking snow storm last week. By law, the school district is required to complete a 180-day school year by June 30th. So far this year, the district has had to cancel school for 10 days, with more weeks of winter to go and the possibility of more weather-related cancellations. With two “snow days” built into the calendar, the district must make up eight days. The district will make up four days during the scheduled February break, and any additional days at a later time in the year. 

“We feel strongly that students should be back in the classroom and learning after five days out of school. Working parents will be able to return to their jobs. The decision to return next week was made in the best interest of our students, their families and our staff,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “We had hoped to have students back in school Thursday and Friday this week. When it became apparent that we had to cancel the full week, the decision was made to resume school next week.”
 
Superintendent Mayo added:  “We thank our teachers, principals and staff for stepping up to the plate and committing to come to work next week. We thank our parents for their patience during this challenging time and we look forward to having students back in school next week.”
 
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