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New Haven school will have classes on Memorial Day

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

In order to make up snow days, a New Haven public charter school has decided to hold school on Memorial Day.

Now, some parents are circulating a petition saying it's disrespectful to veterans and those still serving our country to have the students attend Amistad Academy Middle School on the federal holiday. 

Elementary and middle age students both attend the school. However, only the middle schoolers will have classes because they run on a different schedule.

Parent Darnell Goldson said it's disappointing the school would allow a half day on May 27.

"The result basically is, 'Sorry, maybe we made a mistake,'" said Goldson, who is a son, a grandson and a nephew of veterans. "'We don't know, but we're not changing it.'"

He started an online petition, which currently has about 16 signatures.

Buses won't run on Memorial Day, so school officials said they'll work with students needing transportation.

School officials said the decision was difficult, but they needed to make up the days due to winter weather. 

"We are respectful of families' decisions regarding the observance of Memorial Day," the statement from Amistad Academy Middle School read. "While we encourage all students to attend school May 27, we understand some families may decide their students need to observe Memorial Day without attending school."

However, Goldson told Eyewitness News that he thinks there are other options.

"If they had spoken to the parents, I'm sure we could have given them more options," Goldson said. "I know I would have preferred to have my daughter taken one Saturday and gone to school then Memorial Day or take Good Friday off."

And now he wants parents to get involved.

"I think that some veterans groups and some parents that I'm going to talk to are going to be a little concerned about this happening," Goldson said. "And I think I'm going to try to speed up these signatures now."

The Amistad Academy Middle School had 10 snow days, and its last day of school will be June 24.

If you want to take a look or sign the online petition, click the following link.

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