Chatham Board of Education Opts for School on MLK Day

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham School Board met last night and chose three make up days with a fourth if necessary to bring back the instruction days lost during the October Nor’easter. Those days will be Jan. 2, Jan. 16 and Feb. 17 will be an early dismissal day.  April 9 was added as a possible fourth day if needed. 

The district lost five days of school due to power outages as a result of the storm and Interim Superintendent Dennis Fyffe said there will likely be the need for emergency closings in the winter.  “We need to get at least three make up days in before February during the winter season in case we have a snow closing,” he said.  “We met with administrative staff, board members and got input from the PTO and parents and decided that these days would be the least problematic.”   

There was some disagreement on the board as to whether it was appropriate to have school on Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 16 – a day the district typically has off.  Fyffe said the decision was not made lightly but given the extraordinary circumstances it was deemed to be the least disruptive option.  “There will be a directive to the principals of the individual schools as to how Dr. King will be recognized during the school day and that MLK Day will be recognized in all school calendars going forward,” he said

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