Day off for students cancelled; some parents confused

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some Springfield students are home from school Wednesday, but they are not supposed to be.

The city’s public schools were supposed to be closed on Wednesday, according to the original calendar issued for the 2013-14 school year. Yet due to the number snow days that were declared for the system so far this year, the plans changed, and classes are indeed being held.

The following message was posted on the website of the Springfield Public Schools:

“School will be in session on Wednesday, Feb. 26th. That day had been planned as a Professional Development Day for teachers, which meant students would not have had to come to school. The Professional Development Day for teachers has been moved to the day after school closes this year.”

22News received some calls from parents Wednesday morning who said that they never saw that message. If you visit the Springfield schools’ website, it does say so on the main page, but it dissolves to a different photo and article every 10 seconds. If you click the “calendars” tab, and scroll down in italics it reads “Professional day rescheduled, school in session.” Yet if you didn’t scroll down and instead clicked on that old printable calendar, it still shows Wednesday as having school closed.

22News contacted Springfield Public Schools spokesperson Azell Cavaan, who said that message has been on the school website and Facebook page for the past week and a half, and they also sent a call out and letters home to parents telling them there would be school today. Apparently not everyone got the message, though.

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