Hi All:

I hope you are having a great week. As you can imagine, last week’s additional snow closing has stimulated a great deal of discussion regarding school make-up dates. As we mentioned in our February 4th email blast, the district calendar, which was adopted in the spring of 2013, requires that the first snow day trigger a conversion of Friday, May 23rd, from a Superintendent's Conference Day to a full class instructional day.

The subsequent snow closings require us to convert Monday, April 21st, to a regular day of classes. At this point, the bulk of the spring recess (April 12-20) remains intact, and we are optimistic that this vacation period will endure. We understand that the winter weather, which has been unique in both the frequency and timing of storms, presented challenges to our community. We thank you for your patience during this period and know that springtime must be just around the corner.

In summary, both April 21st and May 23rd will be full school day sessions. 

On another note ….. at last Wednesday's Board meeting the district administration presented a plan that would provide for an early student release from school in the case of extreme weather conditions. The plan, which was outlined in its entirety, will be discussed again at length and fully considered by the Board of Education at their public meeting on Wednesday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m. in Walt Whitman High School. 

The Board of Education and administration are very interested in the community opinion regarding this matter. We welcome you to provide feedback at: opinion@shufsd.org 

Be well and I hope you’re having wonderful week.

Dave Bennardo