Fifth closing in 11 days pushes last day of school to June 27

The original last day of school for Ridgefield students was Tuesday, June 12. After five days off in less than a two-week span, the last day of school is Wednesday, June 27.

A late October storm forced schools to close for two days — Oct. 30 and 31 — earlier in the year. That storm lashed the town with wind and rain, bringing down trees and limbs, and leaving many homes without power for several days.

The first snowstorm of 2018 — which hit town Jan. 4 — also closed schools for two days in a row, after heavy snows blanketed the town.  

There was another day off in January, and one more on Feb. 7.

The worst month this year is March.

School was cancelled on March 2 after heavy winds knocked out power for more than 3,000 residents. Winter Storm Quinn forced schools to close on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday last week after it dumped 22 inches on the town. 

And then there was Tuesday morning’s snowstorm (March 13), which cancelled school for the fifth time this month, giving Ridgefield students more days off in March than days spent in the classroom.

With all 11 closures during the 2017-18 school year, the district has only two makeup days remaining in June before it must begin targeting spring recess, April 9-13.

Editor’s note: The first version of this story incorrectly had the days for spring break. It has since been updated.

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