District requests state waiver for 179 school days

The Ridgefield public school district has requested a waiver from the state’s Board of Education to have Ridgefield students attend school for less than the mandated 180 days.

The request comes after Ridgefield schools were closed May 16 and May 17 — the 13th and 14th school closures of the 2017-18 school year — following May 15’s macroburst that knocked out power for more than 2,000 homes in northern Ridgefield.

Acting Superintendent Dr. Robert Miller made the announcement Wednesday, May 23. He also said Ridgefield schools will not hold class on Memorial Day — Monday, May 28, which is considered a possible storm-makeup day by the state, as a secular holiday that falls on a weekday.

“Although the state guidelines include Memorial Day as a potential storm make-up day, RPS has determined it is not a viable option due to many challenges, including but not limited to: staffing issues, transportation and road closures, security, and local events,” Miller said.

“Therefore, all schools will be closed Memorial Day.”

Miller said the state school board should make a decision on the 180-day waiver at its June 7 meeting.

The last day of school is currently Friday, June 29.