Education

One Snow Day Left for South Orange-Maplewood Schools

Early dismissals at schools in the district do not count toward the "emergency day" total.   Credits: T.J. Brennan
Columbia High School, along with the rest of the schools in the district, have only one emergency closing remaining after two "emergency days" were used earlier this school year.    Credits: T.J. Brennan

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — With more snow in the forecast, the South Orange-Maplewood School District has only one “emergency day” remaining, according to a district official. 

Suzanne Turner, the director of strategic communication, said that the district has used two of its three budgeted “emergency days” for the 2013-14 academic year.  Should there be two more unexpected school closures, students might see a cut in scheduled vacation days.

“If we go over (the budgeted emergency days), we start taking days off spring break,” Turner said. 

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Turner also said that early dismissals do not count toward the use of budgeted emergency days. The district would notify parents “well in advance” if an extra day of classes needs to be added to the academic calendar, Turner siad. 

The emergency days cover any reason for an unplanned closure, such as “snow, hurricanes or other causes,” according to the district’s website.

Turner said that the district has, in previous years, taken away planned vacation days after exceeding the allotment of emergency days, but the opposite has happened as well. 

 If all of the days are not used, students could receive a day off at the end of the year.

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.
 

 

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