Local School Districts Running Out Of Snow Days

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – The kids love all these snow days, but administrators say there may be a hefty price.

According to Massachusetts state law, students must have classes 180 days per year. The problem is schools can not be in session in July.

The Boston Public School Superintendent is considering some extreme options, if the district runs out of days on the calendar. As of Jan. 31, Boston only has three possible snow days left, with several significant storms in the forecast.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.

“We are not afraid of calling school off. Our main focus is safety,” says spokesperson Matt Wilder.

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If Boston runs out of days, he says the Superintendent will consider classes on Evacuation Day, Bunker Hill Day, or Memorial Day. She’s also considering classes during February or April vacations, or on Saturdays. Another option is extending the length of the remaining school days.

“We want to be considerate of families who’ve maybe already arranged travel for those school vacation times, but we also need to meet that 180-day requirement,” says Wilder.

  • emom

    At this point I say have the kids use one of there vacation weeks wither febuary or april to make up the days, leaving their summer free to vacation with their families,, I know I would rather have it,

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  • Mark

    No matter what the kids have the summer off, they cannot go past June 30. I think extended days or a couple of Saturday’s would be the less disruptive choice.

  • marty

    Evacuation Day, March 17 would be a good makeup.



  • TMJ

    I’ve never understood why they still have February and April vacations. They should eliminate both and give them one week off in March. Those extra five days should solve the problem.

    • answer

      Honestly, they give vacations in February and April to keep kids away from each other. Otherwise, viruses like the flu would be a huge problem and everyone would get sick. Keeping kids away from each other for a week minimized the spread of infectious illnesses not to mention it gives them a needed mental break from work.

      • alanonthego

        what mental break. when i went to school the teachers would pile on a huge amount of homework for the vacation week.

  • Jodi M

    I think use Memorial Day is a a way of disrespecting all that have given their lives for us. I think the best option would be to extend day and or do a couple of Saturdays

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  • emom

    Why do we have february and april vacations,,,I mean what is the real reason any way… Memorial leave that one alone but the others heck use it.. as for saturadays, I say those are the mental rest days for the kids, since they can do things with the family like SPEND TIME TOGETHER, wait thats a novel idea.

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