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District Rewrites School Calendar After Sandy

The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education changed this school year's schedule following the storm.

Classes will now be in session on Feb. 14, 2013, to compensate for a day lost to Superstorm Sandy, putting students and teachers on track for the state-mandated 180 days of school, district officials announced.

Any further school days lost this year will be taken from April recess, according to a revised schedule voted on by the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education Monday.

Schools were scheduled to be closed for the two-day New Jersey Education Association convention Thursday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9. Schools were also scheduled to be closed for students for teacher training on Election Day, Nov. 6.

After schools were closed because of a lack of power after Sandy and the statewide convention was cancelled, most students attended school Nov. 6 and Nov. 8-9. With the addition of Thursday, Feb. 14 to the school calendar, no schools owe any further make-up days.

Three schools, Tuscan, Clinton and Maplewood Middle School, have no more emergency closing days available.

School

# of Emergency Closing Days Available

Columbia High School

2 days

Maplewood Middle School

0 days

South Orange Middle School

2 days

Clinton Elementary School

0 days

Jefferson Elementary School

1 day

Marshall Elementary School

2 days

Seth Boyden Elementary School

2 days

South Mountain Elementary School

2 days

Tuscan Elementary School

0 days

Should the district escape snow days, schools that have emergency closing days remaining will have "give-back days." Those schools will close on Friday, May 24, and Tuesday, May 28, for a long Memorial Day weekend.

A revised calendar handout is attached as a PDF.

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