School board revises calendar

For the second year in a row, Wilton students got an unintended early vacation courtesy of Mother Nature. The effects of Storm Sandy closed school for six days in late October and early November.
With no built-in snow days to work with, at its latest meeting, on Nov. 20, the Board of Education adopted the following revisions to the school calendar:
•    Feb. 4 was originally a professional development day with no school for students. Students will now go to school in the morning and professional development will be offered for staff in the afternoon.

•    The last three days of the February vacation — Feb. 20-22 — will be eliminated.
•    Two days will be added to the end of the school calendar. The last day of school will now be Tuesday, June 18.
•    If there are one to three additional snow days, they will be made up at the end of the year, with the last possible day of school being June 21.
•    If there are four additional snow days, the school year will be reduced by one day, from 181 to 180 school days.
•    If there are five additional snow days, Monday, April 15, the first day of April vacation, will become a school day. The last day of school will remain Friday, June 21.
“We recognize that this plan will work well for some families and not so for others,” Board of Education Chairman Bruce Likly said. “Unfortunately, we were not able to find a solution that would work for everyone. … The board carefully considered all options, and decided that given all factors, including the best use of educational time and the spacing of vacations, this would be the best solution for the remaining school year, and provide the most flexibility as we head into the winter months.”