Most parents want snow days to come from February

The four members of the Board of Education’s policy committee discussed the district’s calendar Wednesday night, in search for a solution to the question on many community members’ minds: Should future snow days be taken from April vacation, or should the district find a “better” solution.

After hearing opinions on both sides of the equation — administrators said days should be added back in February in an effort to maximize seat time before state tests, while teachers’ union president Lori Rossomando pointed out that many teachers and families had purposely crafted their personal calendars around the published notice that days would be taken from April, not February — the four members could not reach a consensus on changes for the calendar as it is currently outlined. That means changes cannot be placed on the agenda for the full board unless two-thirds of board members vote that it should be revisited – something several board members said is unlikely to happen.

The decision to leave the calendar as is, which mandates that additional snow days be made up in April vacation, starting with Friday April 19 and moving backwards, is likely to upset parents. Here’s a snippet from a recent PT Council survey, which shows that more than half of the 1,744 parents who responded think days should come from February rather than April.

What do you think?

Maggie Gordon