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Barring more storms, Fairfield school year to end June 26

Updated 1:33 pm, Thursday, February 28, 2013

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  • Ground crews clears sidewalks and entrances Tuesday afternoon at Osborn Hill Schools, as officials aim to reopen schools Wednesday after having been closed three days by the blizzard.  FAIRFIELD CITIZEN, CT 2/12/13 Photo: Genevieve Reilly / Fairfield Citizen

    Ground crews clears sidewalks and entrances Tuesday afternoon at Osborn Hill Schools, as officials aim to reopen schools Wednesday after having been closed three days by the blizzard. FAIRFIELD CITIZEN, CT 2/12/13

    Photo: Genevieve Reilly

 

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Superintendent of Schools David Title on Tuesday told the Board of Education that the last day of this academic year will be Wednesday, June 26 -- barring the cancellation of classes by any more storms.

Most recently, the town's public schools were closed three days by the blizzard in early February. They also were closed six days last fall in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out power to most of the town.

"That is where we stand right now," he said during an update he gave on the school calendar, also posted on the school district's website. "We still have the rest of March to go."

Students at Fairfield Ludlowe High School also missed one day of school when a section of the building's roof blowing off during a windstorm last month.

The board will decide on the date for graduation at Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde high schools after April 1, the superintendent said.

April vacation days will be used to make up for no-school days if the schools need to close for two more days because the academic year must end Friday, June 28, for students at the latest, he said.

"I know that's not everybody's preference, but once we use up five (days), there's no other place to go," he said.

Title said he has not received any indication that the state Department of Education would grant a waiver to the minimum requirement of 180 school days but would let the board know of any new information on that.

Title commended the town and school departments for working together so well to open the schools as quickly as they did following the Ludlowe roof incident and the blizzard.

It was unbelievable," he said, adding the town let the school district borrow equipment. "We can't have another year like this. It's not statistically possible."

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