More school days: Snow days lead to less vacation days for New Britain, area schools

Published on Monday, 20 February 2017 21:52
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

With more than a month of winter still to go, school districts in the area have already pushed back the final day of classes.

Snow storms in January and February forced school closings, which will ultimately lead to shorter summer vacations for students, faculty, administrators and teachers.

New Britain has already had three snow days this school year, pushing the final day of school to Monday, June 12 and high school graduation to Tuesday, June 13.

While New Britain schools don’t have a week-long February break, students had a half day Friday and had Monday and Tuesday off for an extended weekend.

Superintendent Nancy Sarra said there is no risk of days being taken from April vacation because schools are already getting out so early in June.

Berlin has had two snow days so far this year. The last day of school is currently scheduled for Friday, June 16, while Berlin High School will hold its graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 18.

If there are more cancellations the school district will keep pushing back the last day of school and graduation - until they reach June 30. Connecticut statute requires schools to be out of session by the end of June, so if there are more cancellations after this threshold is reached, days will be taken from April vacation.

Berlin schools don’t have a February vacation, but students enjoyed a five-day “Presidents’ Day Weekend” where they had Friday off from school and had Monday and Tuesday off, as well.

Newington has had two cancellations from snow so far this year, pushing graduation and the last day of school to Thursday, June 15. Like other towns in the area, Newington will keep pushing the last day of school and graduation back until it hits June 30. After this, days will be taken from April vacation.

Newington students have a February break much like Berlin and had a five-day vacation. Newington went back to school Wednesday.

Southington has had three snow days so far, pushing the last day of school and high school graduation to Thursday, June 15. April vacation isn’t currently at risk of being shortened, a school official said.

Southington school district students had a four-day weekend and returned to classes Wednesday.

Plainville has only had one snow day so far this winter and currently has the earliest graduation and last day of school in the area - Monday, June 12. Like Berlin and Newington, students in Plainville had a long weekend since Friday and headed back to school Wednesday.

There isn’t a risk that days from April vacation will be lost, a school official said.

Bristol schools have already had four snow days this school year. The last day of school and high school graduation will be June 16, courtesy of these cancellations.

Bristol will not take days from the district’s April vacation unless the last day of school is first pushed to June 30 and more cancellations are required.

Bristol schools don’t have a February vacation, but the district had a four day weekend with school off on Monday and Tuesday.

Plymouth has had the most snow days in the area with five. The last day of school and high school graduation will be Friday, June 16. Superintendent of Schools Martin Semmel said the district isn’t currently at risk of taking days from April vacation.

While Plymouth doesn’t have a week-long February vacation, students had a four-day weekend, with no school on Monday or Tuesday.

As the region has already experienced this year, New England winters can be unpredictable. All these dates are tentative, but school officials are hoping the worst of winter is over.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at sfrazer@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington Herald on Monday, 20 February 2017 21:52. Updated: Monday, 20 February 2017 21:54.