South Plainfield, NJ - A string of winter storms since mid-December that repeatedly forced local schools to close and delay their opening times is playing havoc with more than just parents' schedules. The storms are also forcing the school district to change its calendar for February and May.
Students who expected a day off on February 6th for a professional day will now have a half-day session. In addition schools will be open for full days on February 14th and May 23rd (the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend).
School board members unanimously adopted the changes at last night's meeting. Superintendent of Schools Stephen Genco said there is still one snow day in the calendar but is concerned that if this year's harsh winter continues it may get used. According to Genco, the Farmers' Almanac is predicting a wet and possibly snowy February, If the prediction holds true and more snowstorms force school closings, the board may need look at shortening the spring break, something Genco hoped to avoid.