Fort Lee considers Saturday snow day makeups

Carolina Leid reports from Fort Lee.
February 10, 2014 8:27:40 PM PST
Delightful snow days are turning into dreadful make up days for Fort Lee students.

The school board is considering adding Saturday half days to make up for the lost class time.

By law, New Jersey districts must be in session for 180 days.

Fort lee has two days built in as snow days on its calendar, but burned through those and two more.

"The dilemma becomes, where do we pick up the lost days? Everything is on the table," said Paul Saxton, the Interim Superintendent.

Here are the options on the table: do Saturday half days, add days to the end of the school year, or eat into April break.

Parents are concerned about nixing their vacation plans and already scheduled recreational activities.

"We can deal with it, but you're taking a lot of game time from the kids," said Al Epstein, a parent.

But the district plans to work around those activities and students with religious observances would get excused absences. Board members believe the Saturday classes are their strongest choice.

"To add those days to the end of the school, most students are not interested in a hot classroom and having instruction. This makes the most sense given the parameters they have to work under," said Bruna Capalbo, of the Fort Lee Education Association.

Even still if more heavy snow comes our way, the district would have to make up even more time.

A vote on this is expected on February 24th.