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Crews work to clear roads in Naugatuck so students can attend class


The plows and sanders are hitting the streets in Naugatuck with a very important mission.

"Crews are going to be working all night long trying to keep it pushed back so we can run buses in the morning," said Naugatuck Schools Superintendent Dr. John Tindall-Gibson.

That's because many school districts such as Naugatuck are up against the clock and are trying to meet the state-required 180 school days.

School officials said they've been prolonging summer break in the process. As it stands now, the school year ends on June 21.

"We have five days left," Tindall-Gibson said. "So if we lose tomorrow, we'll be down to four."

Storms Charlotte and Sandy wiped out a combined two weeks of school, so administrators aren't calling snow days as liberally as before.

"We took away our winter break," Tindall-Gibson said.

Other school districts such as Milford, Wallingford and Hamden have exhausted the same measures and are still behind the eight ball.

State law requires school to end no later than the end of June, so schools are going to the state, requesting the 180-day rule be waived.

Parents applaud the schools for trying to squeeze in all the education it can.

"They're better off out in the summer when it's too hot and take it out of the winter breaks where they're at home, driving their parents nuts," said parent Kelly Ortiz.

If the state doesn't grant the waiver, students in those districts could be looking at Saturday school.

That's something Naugatuck school officials do not foresee happening, but with this winter, you never know.

"That's going to be a tough decision for people to make," Tindall-Gibson said.  "Actually, unprecedented, too."

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