Spring Breaks May Be Cut Short With Snow Days Stacking Up
PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The rough winter and its many storms have caused school closings across the area.
But some districts are close to tapping out their allotted snow days.
As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, the Paterson, N.J. school district set aside five days and have already used four.
“Unless we get a miracle, we’re pretty much expecting that we’re going to be using the five days,” district spokeswoman Terry Corallo told Putney. “We’re going to be having some conversations next week about what we’re going to be doing over spring break.”
The district could opt to add school days at the end of June or take away some of the scheduled days off in April if they go over five snow days, Putney reported.
In Paterson, a concern following all the snow is the flooding that it could produce at the Passaic River.
“And now we have to plan, anticipating for the potential of a flood coming in April,” said Corallo.
Sticking to the lesson plan is another complication of all the days off.
“There’s still a requirement to get certain things taught within the course of the year,” said Corallo.
“Education with continuity is very important and you don’t want to disrupt learning,” New Jersey School Boards Association spokesman Frank Belluscio told Putney. “In New Jersey, state law requires 180 instructional days.”
Belluscio noted than most districts plan the school year to be longer than 180 days as a cushion.
He said about 70 percent of districts statewide plan snow days, averaging three per year.
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