Make-up Plan Announced; April Break Untouched

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2013
 
 
NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES SNOW MAKEUP DAYS – APRIL BREAK TO REMAIN INTACT; DAYS ADDED IN JUNE
 
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo on Wednesday announced a plan to make up days missed due to extreme weather this year. The school district will make up for missed days by converting two half days to full days and by extending the school year in June. April break will remain untouched.
 
In total, the district missed 11 days this year. With two “snow” days built into the system, and four days made up during February break, five days must be made before the end of the year in order to meet the state-mandated 180-day rule.
 
The five days will be made up as follows:
 

  • April 12, a previously scheduled half day on the Friday before spring break, will be a full day of school.

 

  • June 19, a previously scheduled half day, will be a full day of school. (Extending April 12 and June 19 will make up for one day.)

 

  • The remaining four days will be fulfilled by extending the school year in June. School will be in session for half a day on June 20 & 21, and June 24 & 25. June 25 will be the last day of school.

 
This has been an unusual and challenging year for the school district in terms of weather. Students have missed a near-record amount of school days due to extreme storms this fall and winter and the district has a significant amount of days to make up to meet the state-mandated 180-day obligation. Superintendent Mayo consulted with New Haven Federation of Teachers President David Cicarella and Peggy Moore, president of the School Administrators Association of New Haven, before making a decision on make-up days. The district also reached out to the Citywide Parent Leadership Team for input before making a decision. Any additional days to make up will be made up by extending the school year further.
 
“I thank parents, teachers and staff for stepping up to the plate during February break and ensuring our students had strong, academically focused school days after missing school six days in a row. Let us continue working together toward a strong finish for this school year,” Superintendent Mayo said.