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Wilton Won't Cut Teacher Conferences

WILTON, Conn. – A request from Wilton parents to cancel parent-teacher conferences in order to make up missed days was denied Thursday by Superintendent Gary Richards.

Some parents wanted to make the half-days scheduled for Nov. 16 through 22 into full days to make up for the 10 days already canceled this year. Richards and the Board of Education decided to stick with an earlier decision to make up missed classes during April break. 

“The one scary point about that, is it’s a four-month run till the end of school,” Richards said, adding that several long weekends in the spring will give students some time off. Students will also get a week off for February break. 

The last day of school has already been moved back to June 23. Two professional development days for teachers in January and February were moved to the end of the school year to give students a full April break. Any additional snow days will come out of April break, though. 

State law requires that schools be in session for a minimum of 180 days but cannot have classes past June 30. School districts can ask the state for a waiver to shorten the school year. 

“Because we still have vacation days remaining, plus the last week of June, at this point we feel a waiver would be highly unlikely,” Richards said. "The key unknown is the severity of this coming winter.”

The new calendar should be available on the school website in the next week.

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