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Students Will Spend Part of President's Week, MLK Day in School

Board voted to add four school days back into the calendar to make up for days lost during Hurricane Sandy

A February President’s Day break originally scheduled to be five days long, has been knocked down to two. The Mahwah Board of Education Wednesday night voted unanimously to add the three days, Feb. 20-22, back into the 2012-13 school calendar to make up for days lost during and after Hurricane Sandy. Students will still have Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 18 and 19, off.

The newly adopted calendar also adds in a full day of school on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Mahwah students already made up two of the lost six days during the canceled NJEA convention. So with the additional four days, the district will return to the same number of school days it had at the beginning of the year.

The new calendar allows for three snow days. According to interim Superintendent Dr. Karen Lake, if more than three days are used, additional days will be taken from spring break. If less are used, the Memorial Day weekend holiday will be elongated.

The calendar changes were recommended by a committee of board members, administrators, teachers and parents who met before Wednesday night’s meeting to discuss possible calendar options. Lake said there was some discussion amongst the group as to whether or not MLK Day should be a full or half day.

The board voted Wednesday to make it a full day, with the understanding that half of the day’s activities would be dedicated to service and learning about the significance of the holiday.

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Kevin November 29, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Thank you I feel this is the right thing to do for the students.
deer07430 November 29, 2012 at 06:44 PM
When are the parents of Mahwah Children going to be told this, it's good that the Patch informs us. The district could simply email us like they always do.
Nick November 29, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I received a letter about this from the schools today.
Bob Rama November 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Pretty sure this wasn't the right thing to do. If you already made the decision last year to take them off spring break, that is what should have happened. By taking them off winter break, there is potential that one of those days could also end up being a snow day. They also told people if they were going to take vacations to take them during winter break because they couldn't guarantee a full spring break. What a mess.
Mike Kupchik November 30, 2012 at 11:48 PM
It would regularly puzzle us when my wife and I would spend a week in Myrtle Beach in late September, to still find resort loaded with kids! If your siblings are that smart, get the enrolled in MENSA! Long Patch fans well know this is where news originates, and at every turn, give Jessica a pat on the back. Ramsey now too.

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