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?

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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