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Snow Days Force Short Spring Break for Parsippany Schools

April recess now down to three days after district exceeds inclement weather time allotment.

A Parsippany student makes the most of a snow day in February. User Submitted Photo.
A Parsippany student makes the most of a snow day in February. User Submitted Photo.

While students may be enjoying the snow and sledding now, warm weather and time off down the road has been compromised.

As the winter of 2013-14 plows ahead, so does the snowfall and use of inclement weather days. The Parsippany school district has now used five days, including Wednesday after a snow and ice storm smacked Morris County roads, and only allotted three at the start of the school year.

According to the district’s calendar, any days used beyond the allotted amount would be made up during Spring Break, which is scheduled for April 14 to April 18. Days made up would begin with Thursday, April 17, according to Board of Education president Fran Orthwein.

Because of the overage – now standing at two days, with the official end of winter still five weeks away – Parsippany schools will only have a three-day spring break in April.

“Alternative ‘make up’ days can be proposed by the Superintendent and presented for board approval,” Orthwein said. “If a change is proposed it could be voted on as soon as our next meeting on February 13.”

What do you think, Parsippany? Should the district take days away from spring break or add them to the end of the calendar year?

Mike February 05, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Let's hope for a few more snow days so they cancel the whole spring vacation. Teachers will need to have verification in order to take the week off....let it snow
suniti February 05, 2014 at 06:57 PM
I do hope that there are no more snow days. But I do believe that the June 3rd holiday for school elections should be used as a make up for a snow day.
Jeff February 06, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Why not use upcoming Presidents' Day
Mike February 06, 2014 at 07:36 AM
All the other districts in the Morris County area called for delay last night. Our fearless leader waited until 5:00am to call it after parents and teachers were already up and starting out for work. April can't come soon enough Johnny Boy.
Donna Hilsinger February 06, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Parsippany needs to start building more snow days into the calendar in the first place. It seems like every year we are shortening breaks or opening on holidays. Time to build in 5 days. If we don't use them, then we can have long weekends in June when very little work gets done anyway!
John February 06, 2014 at 07:52 AM
Cut Presidents Day.
Lauren February 06, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Why we have 2 days for election purposes is absurd. Add 5 days to the calendar year and either move the elections or secure the gyms with police officers and only allow entrance and exit through the doors at the gym
Dave Reagan February 06, 2014 at 08:27 AM
The board should relocate the polling places as was done for the special Senate election. We know it can be done. The School board and superintendent should collaborate with the Board of elections and finalize this. Poof! two more days available.
Gordon Rizzuto February 06, 2014 at 09:00 AM
I'm sorry but I can't recall there ever being an incident anywhere while having the polling places at the schools. I definitely understand having them moved somewhere else but to have the day off just because of that. That's a complete over reaction. Those two days right there could be used. Just put somebody at the gym and have them escorted out. Simple as that.
Patsy February 06, 2014 at 12:07 PM
At this point, it makes sense to have them go to school on President's Day to make up one of the days... I don't see why they can't relocate the polls outside of the schools for the June 3rd election (and for those scheduled for next school year).
Wilnj February 06, 2014 at 03:17 PM
I'm sorry, I wanted to make a very constructive comment on this article but it took 15 minutes to scroll down through the 286 links to the same story about the Twins.
amanda wilson February 06, 2014 at 03:37 PM
The school should give back both election days... if it was so easily changeable because of the lack of air conditioning...you'd think they would move it for the safety of our kids. But instead they use two full school days and close the schools.. this makes no sense. I agree... using presidents day would be a good idea... that means they would need one more day (pending we don't have anymore snow days)... Hopefully in the coming years... they move the elections out of the schools... and give back those regular school days...
Rosetta February 07, 2014 at 09:25 PM
Definitely use Presidents' Day. Agree with others about moving elections out of schools. And we should have more snow days built into calendar
Richard February 22, 2014 at 07:07 AM
The problem with shortening spring break is that parents who made vacation reservations last August for that week will still take their child out of school and take the vacation. So, there will be nearly a 35 percent absentee rate. Better to add the days to the end of the calendar in June.
donna davanzo February 28, 2014 at 07:57 PM
PLEEEASE add the snow days to the end of the year!Schools in NJ are allowed to be open until June 30th.Why does Parsippany only have 3 snow days built in and our school year ends on June 19th.Other towns like Wayne have 4-5 days built in. Ridiculous planning by our council members. This is 3 years in a row that we are unprepared to handle emergency closings. We need to be prepared for hurricanes,power outages, ice storms, flooding (like Irene) and of course snow. We have only 1 week to take a well needed spring vacation and they want to take days away from that? I have been writing letters for 2 years asking for more snow days to be built into the school year and every year they refuse to change it. I will not vote for any of the current council members or mayor until these changes are made I am fed up. They better not knock on my door next year looking for a vote they will get an ear full from me.

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