UPDATE: East Haven Schools Reopen Thursday; BOE Shortens February Break

East Haven Public Schools are set to reopen tomorrow with a 90-minute delay. But the Board of Education voted Wednesday night to cut short next week's winter recess.

Update at 8:15 p.m.

The East Haven Board of Education votes to approve holding classes next Wednesday to Friday, Feb. 20-22, cutting the district's regularly scheduled February break short by three days.

Students and staff had been scheduled to have the entire week off from Feb. 18 to Feb. 22.

But now, after losing several more school days due to last weekend's historic blizzard — as well as Hurricane Sandy and other storms this school year — district officials have decided to cut winter recess short to make up for all the lost time.

This means both Monday and Tuesday will still be vacation days for the district, but students will return to school on Wednesday and then classes continue through to Friday.

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates regarding the town's blizzard recovery process, as well as any changes to the school district's ongoing schedule.

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It's official: East Haven Public School students will return to class on Thursday — but with a 90-minute delay.

The district has been out of session since last Friday, when the now-historic Blizzard of 2013 dumped some three feet of snow on the town, and much of the rest of the state.

East Haven is expected to be impacted by another winter storm overnight, although the area is forecast to only receive about an inch or so of new snow into early Thursday morning.

Anne February 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM
We're already at the end of June Einstein!! Can't go into July.
Donna Desmond February 14, 2013 at 02:42 PM
I would like to thank the East Haven PWD for not plowing out Center Ave. We had to have a neighbor open up our Street. So thank you neighbor. Joe has to go. Donna
Kerri Hoyt February 14, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Very poor decision in sending them back to school today. A majority of the street corners have snow piled up 4 feet or higher, making it impossible to kids to stand at their bus stops. There are still some sidewalks not shoveled, making it difficult for walkers to get to school. I drove my son to the high school this morning because he didn't have a bus stop to get the bus (it was under 4 feet of snow) and the drive was hazardous to say the least. The corner of north high and rt 80 was so difficult to navigate, you could not see around the snow banks. I am amazed that there were no accidents. The high school parking lots also have very tall snow banks, making visibility around the corners, difficult. There was a section of the sidewalk to drop the kids off but my son was concerned because he usually has to walk around the circle and down the sidewalk to get his bus in the afternoon (that sidewalk was not cleared). My son will now be dropped off by his bus in the road and have to walk at least half way home in the street because all the sidewalks are not cleared. This makes no sense to me. I am glad that winter break was taken away to make up for the missed days this week, but take the time, an extra day or two, to properly clear away the snow. Make sure there are actually corners for the kids to stand on to get their buses before sending them back to school. Their safety should be considered and in today's case, I don't think it was.
Julie Weisberg February 14, 2013 at 07:22 PM
UPDATE: In an update this afternoon, Mayor Maturo shared this regarding this morning's school bus runs, "During the last couple of days, private contractors have been released to the Board of Education to assist in their efforts to get the schools reopened, which took place this morning. BOE Superintendent Anthony Serio has informed the Town that our bus company reported that this morning’s opening of schools went well and that any minor issues which may have arisen are being immediately addressed by our Town crews." You can read the full update here http://patch.com/A-1Wlp
Lise Cavallaro February 14, 2013 at 07:24 PM
I don't think there is any pleasing everyone in this case. The snow mounds are going to be around for a while and who knows if this is the last storm. I would speak to my boss and tell them I need to arrange to bring my child to school if the bus stops were not clean.


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