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Mahwah Schools Maxed Out on Snow Days

Any more days off will lead to a shorter spring break, superintendent said.

The Mahwah School District had four snow days built into its 2013-14 school calendar, and so far this year it has used all four.

District Superintendent Lauren Schoen gave an update about the snow at a Board of Education meeting last week, saying that the district will move forward with the snow day plan it approved last year should there be any more snow.

In the event of another day off, the district will start shortening spring break, she said. The first day that would be added back into the calendar would be Monday, April 14, Schoen said. Any additional days would be taken in order, starting with Tuesday, but skipping Good Friday.

At the meeting, Schoen asked Board of Education members if they wanted to change the policy approved when the 2013-14 calendar was initially approved last year, and take different, non-Spring Break days. Board members declined.

The Superintendent's announcement comes just in time for a National Weather Service prediction that snow is likely to once again hit the region beginning Wednesday night. 
Nick February 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Add another snow day for Thursday, at least based on the forecast that came out this morning.
Richard Levine February 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Just got notice from the BOE to hurry and sign children up for kindergarten. And that they are anticipating starting a full-day kindergarten. Would not it be funny if someday they exhaust the taxpayer incomes in thier frequent plans to substantially increase school perks. I once read a story about using high-end limos to bring children to schools. OIn NYC they are talking about more free meals for children because they say they would otherwise need to study on an empty stomach. I believe our govenor is also contemplaitng this approach. Will they ever stop this greed and foolishness????
hsr February 12, 2014 at 06:27 PM
No one can always predict the weather. Even the professionals are always changing. Give them a break. I have children and think they've been pretty good.
Andy Schmidt February 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM
It's unfair to those 3/4 of kids who DO show up in the class room during the former Spring Break. Teachers can't really teach anything with so many kids away - so it borders on occupational therapy. So STOP putting ANY Spring Break on the school calendars. This way, there won't be the problem with vacation trips having been booked. THEN, each year in March, have the BoE sit down and decide which/how many days in April the schools will be closed for un-used snow days.
Nick February 24, 2014 at 01:14 PM
It's not unfair to anyone. We're talking about two days. The teachers should teach as they normally would. The kids who are going on vacation need to plan ahead and get the work in advance or catch up when they get back. There's no more work than if a kid missed a few days with the flu.

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