Danbury and Ridgefield Schools Get Waiver For Storm Make Up Days
Facing an almost impossible task to get all school days in this year, both the Danbury and Ridgefield School districts were granted a special waiver by the state. So what does this mean for students and teachers?
The state requires two things from all schools, one is to be in session for 180 days in a school year, and the other is that the school year must be completed by the end of the schools fiscal calendar, and that date is June 30th.
Since the May 15th storms that ravaged the area also caused schools to be closed for up to five days, there was little chance that some schools could get things wrapped up by the June 30th deadline. As it stands now schools will be open until June 29th, so they petitioned the state to grant a waiver to make up the remaining days during the next school year that starts in late August.
The state agreed with Danbury and Ridgefield, and that means that the day or days that still have to be made up can be done at the start of the next school year.
According to ctpost.com, Peter Haberlandt, who is the state's director of legal affairs, told both school board's that the state has the right to make exceptions to the 180-day requirement for unavoidable emergencies, and the May 15th storm that produced at least five tornado's and a 'macro-burst' falls under this exception rule.
For Danbury, most schools have to make up just one day, with Hayestown, Pembrook and Broadview needing to make up two day's. In Ridgefield, the High School is the only school that has to to make up any time, and that's also just one day.
Danbury Schools Superintendent Sal Pascarella told ctpost.com that the extra days could wind up costing Danbury Schools $650,000 in additional labor and transportation costs in the new school year.
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