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New Haven Takes Back February Vacation

Schools will excuse students who have vacation plans.

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    New Haven has taken back February vacation after students spent a week at home due to the Blizzard of 2013.

    Students in New Haven will miss their February vacation after spending a week out of school due to the Blizzard of 2013.

    School administrators decided to take back the vacation because the district has used up its scheduled snow days.

    "Not knowing what weather would bring for the rest of the year, you don’t want to put all your eggs in the back-of-the-year basket, so we thought it was important to try to take some days back immediately," said Will Clark, Chief Operating Officer for New Haven Public Schools.

    By law, schools cannot be in session past June 30.

    Not all parents and students are happy with the decision. An online petition was started to urge New Haven schools not to cancel February vacation, because students need a break, and some families already had plans.
     
    "Folks who have pre-planned vacations and so forth, we will excuse those absences," said Clark.
     
    But most parents do seem happy with the modified schedule, saying the students need to be back in class.
     
    "I want them back in school. They already had eight days off, so it’s good for them. They have to learn," said Adriana Valencia, a parent with two children in the New Haven school system.

    Students will be off Monday for Presidents Day, but will be back in class on Tuesday.

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