Weather May Force Change In New Canaan School Calendar

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New Canaan's Board of Education will review possible changes to the 2013-14 calendar at its Feb. 4 meeting. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Hurricanes and early snowstorms over the past two years may prompt the New Canaan Board of Education to amend its 2013-14 school-year calendar.

Board Chairwoman Alison Bedula said she expects the school board to discuss calendar changes during its Feb. 4 meeting.

The discussion will involve setting the 2014-15 calendar, and also taking another look at next year’s school calendar, which has already been approved.

That may include removing or altering school vacations, some holiday closings, and the school year's opening day.

“Everything is on the table,” Bedula said. “We have to look at it with a new lens, based on this being the second year in a row that we’ve had significant days off before we even hit winter.”

New Canaan and other districts have been reviewing their calendars after Hurricane Irene delayed the start of classes in the beginning of the 2011-12 school year, and Hurricane Sandy closed many schools for more than a week last November.

New Canaan schools were closed for six days following Sandy, and the school-year’s end was pushed back to June 21, four days later than originally scheduled.

The rescheduling would have New Canaan cut into the planned April vacation if more than two days are needed for inclement weather closings.

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