Darien Schools Extend Calendar After Hurricane Sandy

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Snow accumulates outside Holmes Elementary School as the nor'easter hit Darien last week.
Snow accumulates outside Holmes Elementary School as the nor'easter hit Darien last week. Photo Credit: Suzy Seymour

DARIEN, Conn. — The last day of school for Darien students has been pushed back six days due to Hurricane Sandy. Schools are now scheduled to get out June 18.

School was canceled for an entire week due to the storm that knocked out power throughout town and rendered dozens of roads inaccessible. Students eventually went back to school Nov. 5. Because classes were held on Election Day, which was originally scheduled as a day off for professional development, the district had four days to make up at the end of the year. The schools had only a 90-minute delay when a nor'easter hit last week.

It remains to be seen how much snow Darien will get this winter and how many days will be canceled due to weather. Darien's policy is to add days to the end of the year for each that is missed. Superintendent Stephen Falcone said he hopes the district will let students out no later than June 21.

If there are more than three snow days this winter, his plan would be to take away the professional development day in April to hold to that June 21 date. If there are more days, he said school would continue into the following week, rather than adjusting the vacations in February and April.

Darien Summer School will begin its five-week schedule of classes July 1. Falcone said he spoke with the heads of the summer school program, and they don't think that this start date would affect the programs or participation.

Damage to the schools was minimum during the storm, Falcone said. Three windows broke at Hindley and are being replaced, but everything was safe by the time classes were back in session.

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