Shorter spring break will make up for snow days

School to stick with 180-day mandate: Graduation still on June 15


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— Delaware Valley students will make up snow days over their spring break as part of the school board’s decision last week to stick with the state’s mandate requiring 180 school days for the academic year

Winter Storm Riley pushed the Delaware Valley Central School over its allotment of 11 snow days for the 2017-18 academic year, with 17 days already taken as of Wednesday.

The revised schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 29, and Monday, April 2, originally part of spring recess, are now school days. Good Friday, March 30, remains a school holiday.

Wednesday, June 13, was originally the last day of school, but a half-day on Monday, June 18, has been added for students in grades K through 11.

Graduation is still Friday, June 15. Seniors will not be returning after that.

The post-graduation dates of June 19 and June 20 were to become school days if the storm predicted for this week materialized and kept students home. It did — students had another snow day on Wednesday, March 21 — so at least one of those days will now become a school day. Still, seniors will not return for those dates either.

“Once they graduate, we can’t bring them back,” said school board president Jack O’Leary.

Superintendent John Bell said that under the revised schedule, “We can still have two more snow days and not have to move graduation.”

O’Leary called the plan “reasonable and responsible.” It is not the Delaware Valley way, with its outstanding students and teachers, to skimp on education, he said.

“I wouldn’t take that away from a child,” he said.

When people tell him about what other school districts do, he says he responds, “We not other schools. We are Delaware Valley.”

Bell said delayed openings and early dismissals were actually more disruptive to students’ education than snow days. The two-hour delay is not made up, but snow days are, he noted.

The days the district was closed for 2017-18 are as follows:

Dec. 14, 2017

Jan. 4, 2018

Jan. 5, 2018

Jan. 16, 2018

Jan. 17, 2018

Feb. 5, 2018

Feb. 7, 2018

Feb. 8, 2018

Feb. 14, 2018

March 2, 2018

March 5, 2018

March 6, 2018

March 7, 2018

March 8, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 13, 2018

March 21, 2018

Editor’s note: The original story posted online erroneously identified March 30 as a school day instead of April 2. The Courier regrets the error, which has been corrected here.



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