After losing school days following a hurricane and historic blizzard, some school districts are considering asking the state for a waiver.
Currently students must be in class for 180 days, but some of the districts are saying they will have a hard time reaching that number if there are any additional snow days.
"The kids have too many vacations and with all the snow, they're out of school, they'll have to go later into the summer and if you have plans you'll have to make it up, so I feel it should be waived," said parent Sherry Lockhart.
Connecticut state law requires children to be in class for 180 days. Schools also need to be wrapped up by the end of June. This year, that means June 28.
So after getting slammed by Hurricane Sandy and then getting buried by Blizzard Charlotte, some districts are scrambling to meet those requirements and are looking for a waiver from the state.
Hard-hit Hamden, which saw 40 inches of snow, is one of them. They've canceled April vacation but that might not be enough.
"We have two more days to work with, but if we have any additional weather events, I'm appealing to the commissioner and state legislators about possibly looking to a waiver," said Hamden Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz.
Others are considering the same.
Wallingford's superintendent said he'd like the Board of Education to also apply for a waiver.
They'll talk about it at their next meeting next Monday.
As it stands right now, students in Wallingford will be in school until June 28.Officials have already cut two days from the April break, so options are starting to run out.
While Seymour lost 11 days so far this year – the biggest chunk coming from Hurricane Sandy and Blizzard Charlotte - it still has a number of days to play with. In fact, while originally scheduled to be off for the holiday, students there had class Monday and will again on Tuesday to help make up some missed time.
"My understanding in regard to the waiver, until we've exhausted any scheduled breaks in the calendar as well as the legal holidays, the state would not look favorably," said Seymour Superintendent Christine Syriac. "So we know continuing, we'd need to take the days off from April."
It's very rare to get a waiver like this granted. They recently approved one for Newtown after the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but this is a different situation.
Channel 3 Eyewitness News reached out to the state Department of Education for comment, but since it's a holiday no one responded to those requests.
Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Thursday, May 23 2013 1:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 17:33:26 GMT
Remember the Kmart's "Ship My Pants" ad? Well Kmart isn't finished with their controversial ads. The company launched their latest video about Big Gas Savings on Thursday. It even features the sameMore >
The company launched their latest video about "big gas savings" on Thursday.More >
Tuesday, May 7 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-07 23:00:58 GMT
In a matter of weeks, millions of periodical Cicadas will invade Connecticut for the first time in 17 years. Every 17 years, millions of Cicadas, which have big red eyes and red-orange wing veins, comeMore >
In a matter of weeks, millions of periodical cicadas will invade Connecticut for the first time in 17 years.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:50:15 GMT
A 14-year-old boy from Waterbury died in his sleep this week and left his parents and friends wondering why. Kimani Brown was a freshman at Crosby High School and in perfect health, according to familyMore >
A 14-year-old boy from Waterbury died in his sleep this week, leaving his parents and friends wondering why.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 7:27 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:27:43 GMT
Police in several towns are advising the public to be aware of residential break-ins that have happened when families were out attending a wake or funeral for a loved one. Glastonbury police said thereMore >
Police in several towns are advising the public to be aware of residential break-ins that have happened when families were out attending a wake or funeral for a loved one.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:13 GMT
The Hartford Police Department is investigating incident involving students at the West Middle School and a cell phone video. The incident is also being investigated by the Connecticut States Attorney'sMore >
The Hartford Police Department is investigating an incident involving students at the West Middle School and a cell phone video.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:29 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:29:15 GMT
Happy Saturday, Rain is on its way – as expected – but it will not hamper the entire weekend. Early this morning, there will be low clouds, fog and drizzle in many parts of Connecticut. This will haveMore >
Friday, May 24 2013 3:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:02:18 GMT
Federal officials investigating last week's commuter train derailment in Connecticut say the engineer described an "unusual condition" on the track before the train derailed. The National TransportationMore >
Federal officials investigating last week's commuter train derailment in Connecticut say the engineer described an "unusual condition" on the track before the train derailed.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:08:56 GMT
Five people were arrested in the robbery of $4 million in jewelry fromAccording to police, first two people were bound and gagged with duct tape during home invasion on Gravel Street in Meriden duringMore >
Five people were arrested after a brazen overnight jewelry store robbery that involved kidnapping and hours of being tied up while the suspects loaded up $5 million in jewels.More >