School districts near the limit for snow days

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many of us breathed a sigh of relief as the latest potential winter storm stayed to our south on Monday. It was also a big relief for area school districts, as most of them have run out of snow days.

West Springfield schools, like many others, have already used up their five budgeted snow days. Adding those days on at the end of the year means that the last day of school is now scheduled for June 25.

The problem is that it leaves only three potential snow days before school would run into July; something that the law does not allow.

If March snowstorms cause more than three snow days this month, schools might have to pull days back from spring vacation in April. In spite of this, Superintendent Russell Johnston says that if they have to cancel school due to poor weather, they will.

“You absolutely use the same judgment. Safety has to come first, and you just have to compartmentalize and really focus on what is most important, which is getting kids to school safely,” Johnston said.

Johnston told 22News that West Springfield has not had to pull days from spring break in the last 10 years. He said that the five days they have used up so far is close to normal.

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