Quota Of School Closing Days Reached; District Hopes For Fair Weather

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Schools Superintendent Edward Seto.

The Jan. 6 schools closing over the bus contract crisis used the last of the district’s four “snow days,” schools Superintendent Edward Seto said in a message to parents.

If schools need to be closed for the remainder of the school year, the district will have to take away scheduled vacation days, he said in the message, posted Jan. 10 on the district’s Web site.

The days that would be taken, and the order in which they would be taken, are Feb. 17, April 21, and April 14, he said. April 14 would be a minimum session day.

The story’s a little different for students and faculty at Elizabeth Avenue School, he said. That school had to be closed one day last fall because of heating problems. As a result, school will already be open on Feb. 17 for a regular day, he said.

Seto decided late in the evening of Jan. 5 to close district schools on Jan. 6 when it became apparent to district officials that the bus company that held the bulk of route contracts would not be able to fulfill those obligations.

Schools were opened on Jan. 7, after the former company gave the district permission to transfer those contracts to another bus company.

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