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Late Start: Classes In Danbury Schools To Begin After Labor Day This Fall

Students in Danbury will not be starting school in August this year.
Students in Danbury will not be starting school in August this year. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. — Danbury students will get a few extra days of summer vacation this year. 

The 2017-18 school year in Danbury will start after Labor Day, with Tuesday, Sept. 5, as the first day of classes, Superintendent Sal Pascarella announced. 

This is due to the construction at Danbury High School. 

“Construction at the high school has been moving along according to schedule,” said Pascarella. “But we just need an extra week to assure that the building is ready to accommodate students at the beginning of school." 

The first day of classes will be a full school day. 

The school district plans to return to a start date in late August for the 2018-19 school year. 

"We have made adjustments to the entire calendar to ensure that the school year is not unnecessarily extended to make up for the late start,” he said.  

Two days have been added to the new school calendar: a half day of school is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving break, and a full day on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the day after Presidents Day. Those have been school holidays in recent years. 

With the late start date and not considering five snow days, the tentative last day of school for students will be June 15, 2018. 

The new start date will not affect the early release days for purposes of Professional Development that were built into last year’s calendar, he said. 

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