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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Unused snow days

Question: I was just wondering when you are going to use the four unused snow days that we have. Do you have any set dates? Don't you have to give one back to the state?

Answer: We live in the northeastern United States, and that means we're subject to unpredictable weather, especially during the winter months. An April snowstorm is not unheard of in our area. Considering we still have several months of winter ahead of us, we have no plans right now to schedule additional days off to utilize unused snow days -- we might need to actually use those snow days!

How school districts utilize unused snow days is based on their contracts with their teachers' unions. Broadalbin-Perth allows for up to four snow days a year. If we use three of those four snow days, we do not utilize the fourth day as a vacation day. However, if two or more snow days are unused by the spring, we work with the Board of Education and teachers' union to schedule one, two or three additional vacation days. As soon as that decision is made, we notify parents and residents through our website, social media, SNN, morning announcements and notices sent home with students.
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, superintendent of schools

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