Morris Schools Cut Long Weekend to Make Up Snow Days

Tuesday, Feb. 18 will be full school day after board of education amends calendar Monday night.

The Morris School District announced at its board of education meeting Monday night that a four-day weekend in February would be reduced to just a three-day break to make up for lost days due to inclement weather.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 will now be a full school day for students and staff. It had originally been scheduled as the second of two days off for Presidents’ Day weekend. Schools will remain closed for Monday, Feb. 17.

The district has used five inclement weather days in the 2013-14 school year, and had allotted four when the calendar was approved in the spring of 2013.

If more snow days are used going forward, the district will be forced to chip away from April’s spring break. Monday, April 21 will be the first to go, if needed, followed by Monday, April 14, then the 15 and so on. Friday, April 18 – also the holiday of Good Friday – is not part of the equation.

While the district has found a way to make up for lost days in the interim, a new winter storm is barreling toward the area that has forecasters predicting up to a foot of snow could fall Wednesday night into Thursday.

Did the Morris School District make the right decision to pull a day from Presidents’ Day weekend to make up for inclement weather days?

Ariadne February 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Hey, Patch. What's up with the ridiculous number of posts under "popular stories" on this page? All about Whitney Houston's home? Looks like someone may have hacked you.
Ariadne February 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM
The district has no choice but to pull days away from upcoming holidays given the difficult winter we are having. However, we would have appreciated more than a week's notice of the loss of next Tuesday. Many families may have already have vacation plans and would not be able to return in time. A warning should have been sent out earlier.
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Thanks for the comments, Ariadne. Regarding the "popular stories" list - we're aware that it is very lengthy and alters the look of the article. It's not a hack situation, rather a technical glitch and is being worked on. Thanks so much for weighing in!
Oscar vasquez March 03, 2014 at 12:40 PM


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