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Parents Say Snow Chains Would Stall Ridgefield Snow Days

Snow days aren't just about getting the Ridgefield children to school. Sometimes, like this past Monday, it was for teachers who live farther away and where roads weren't safe for travel.
Snow days aren't just about getting the Ridgefield children to school. Sometimes, like this past Monday, it was for teachers who live farther away and where roads weren't safe for travel. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith, file photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Students have to make up a few days of school after the crazy weather this year, but it is unclear where Ridgefield schools will add those days.

Ridgefield has had nine snow days so far this school year, many of which were from Hurricane Sandy in October, the superintendent’s office said. But the two snow days from the most recent snowstorm will act as catalysts to either taking out professional development days for teachers or pushing the end of school to June 24.

On The Daily Voice Facebook page, parents were asked what should, or could, be done to make up the snow days. Many said they didn’t want to see days added on to the end of the year, and still others said to invest in tire chains for the buses so that they could drive more carefully in the snow.

For some however, chains aren’t the solution. “Chains on the tires will not help keep the buses safe from other drivers who are out driving on narrow, windy roads. It will also not help the teachers, who may have long commutes. Safely is first, above all things. Maybe we need to excuse a few days when a state of emergency is declared and stop being so crazy about making up all these days!” Laura Zolotorofes posted.

Or on a weather day, Victoria Garbuz Cowles posted that there might be a "learn from home" curriculum. “Teachers can teach in a virtual classroom. Kids can all get online and still continue to learn. Or at minimum, teachers can post assignments on snow days on their websites and kids can work on these during the day.”

Many parents said the kids check out by the middle of June. Susan Thompson Napoli suggested that if the days were added on in June, they should be half days. “The buildings are very hot, and the kids aren't learning anything the last week of school,” Napoli said.

“I don't think the quality of learning is the same at the end of June as it is mid January/February,” posted Cynthia Nadel.

From a teacher's point of view, Jill Missner said in response to Zolotorofes that an additional three days at the end of the school year doesn’t make a difference in any grade.

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