New Canaan Schools Will Have To Make Calendar Changes

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The 2012-13 school year at New Canaan Public Schools will have to be adjusted following Hurricane Sandy.
The 2012-13 school year at New Canaan Public Schools will have to be adjusted following Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – As New Canaan continues to clean up from Hurricane Sandy, New Canaan Public Schools will have to figure out adjustments to the 2012-13 school year calendar.

The school year is currently scheduled to end June 17, but Schools Superintendent Mary Kolek said district administrators and the school board will have to figure out whether to extend the school year or find other options now that the school calendar has lost five days to Hurricane Sandy.

Schools have been closed since Monday and no decision has been made on whether schools will reopen Monday.

The district has several options, including extending the school year to June 21, the last possible day in June classes can be held, as school cannot open after the third full week of June. New Canaan had the four days in June blocked off as “snow days.”

Kolek said the district could also shave off a couple of days and have a state minimum 180-day calendar year. The school calendar was set up with 182 school days.

Kolek said the district can discuss having professional development days for teachers pushed back to the end of the year. The board may consider reducing the days of planned vacations. Schools are set to close for a week each in February and April for vacations.

The school board will talk about its options at its Nov. 19 meeting.

“When we meet, we will have to make adjustments,” Kolek said, though she jokingly said she could hope for New Canaan to have another mild winter.

Kolek said every district building except for East School was without power as of Thursday and she is not sure when full power will be restored. Town officials have said that power restoration efforts will begin Friday or Saturday.

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