WOODBURY – Parades, cookouts… and Algebra?
Because of the storm that hit Woodbury on Tuesday and forced Region 14 to close of Wednesday, reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic may become a part of families’ Memorial Day plans.
Or will it?
In an email to Region 14 parents and guardians, Superintendent Dr. Anna Cutaia said the Board of Education will revisit that decision to hold school on Memorial Day.
The Board of Education will vote Tuesday to either have school on May 28 – Memorial Day – and keep the last day of school Friday, June 22 or add an extra day to the calendar and make the last day of school Monday, June 25.
Back in March, the Region 14 Board of Education voted to hold school on Memorial Day if it could not reach the state-mandated 180 school days during the 2017-18 school year.
“Who could have predicted a school cancellation this late in the year?” Cutaia wrote in the email. “This has been an incredibly challenging year with nine snow days, one power outage at Nonnewaug High School in the fall and now the more recent storm.”
Cutaia said the state Department of Education will not be waiving the 180-day requirement for students, and the region cannot extend the school day or attend school on Saturday.
Having the last day of school on a Monday would not be unprecedented. The last day of school in 2016 was on a Monday. However, camps such as Woodbury Parks & Recreation and the ones at Flanders Nature Center, for example, start on or before June 25.
Cutaia told Just Woodbury that either school day would have a “special early dismissal.” Preschool would be held from 9 a.m. to 11:10 a.m., the elementary schools would go from 8:25 a.m. to 11:25 a.m., and the secondary schools would have class from 7:25 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. Lunch would not be served.
Regardless of the vote, Cutaia said Nonnewaug High school graduation will still be held on Saturday, June 23.