WILTON, Conn. – Families in Wilton will get a five-day extended weekend in 2014 as part of amendments to next year’s school calendar.
The Wilton Board of Education voted Thursday to approve a revised 2013-14 school year calendar. The new school year will begin on Aug. 26, 2013 and conclude on June 9, 2014. The school year could end as late as June 20 in the event of closures caused by snow or other inclement weather.
The only change to the proposal presented on Thursday was the change of a professional development day from Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, to Thursday, Feb. 13. The change will effectively give students a five-day Presidents Week break, said Jane Anderson, director of human resources for Wilton Schools.
School Board Chairperson Bruce Likely said the district was in a tough position and had heard from many parents who urged officials not to cut days from the February break or the weeklong April vacation. The approved change preserves the latter break, which begins on April 14, 2014.
District officials sought to change the calendar after hurricanes and snowstorms caused school cancellations before winter in consecutive years. The board already reduced this school year’s February break after losing six days in October and November to Hurricane Sandy. Classes in Wilton are expected to be canceled Friday due to a major winter storm.