School administrators are hoping for a calm winter — but including backup days for school closures just the same.  

This year, there are six potential “storm-makeup days” listed on the 2018-19 public school calendar. In the event of another major storm — like May’s macroburst that cancelled school for several days — the schools can also add storm makeup days through the end of June, for an extra five days.

Under state law, school cannot be held on religious holidays or on the weekends.

Last year, the schools had to apply for a waiver from the state allowing them to hold school for 179 days for sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the high school after a “macroburst” storm leveled trees and dropped power lines on the north end of town, and closing school for a 14th day.

“As I said today, fewer storms and fewer snow days — that is my wish for this year,” said board Chairwoman Fran Walton.

Calendar

This year, high school juniors and seniors started school on Thursday, Aug. 30 — alongside kindergarten through high school freshmen, to make up a missing school day from last year.

Sophomores joined them the following day because as freshmen last year they started school a day earlier, and therefore met the state’s 180-school day requirement.

Besides Labor Day, school holidays are Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 10; professional development day with an early dismissal, Sept. 13; Yom Kippur, Sept. 19; Columbus Day, Oct. 8; professional development day with an early dismissal, Oct. 11; professional development day, no school for students, Nov. 6; Veteran’s Day, Nov. 12; parent-teacher conferences for elementary and middle schools, Nov. 8-20; early dismissal and Thanksgiving recess, Nov. 21-23; professional development day with an early dismissal, Dec. 13; early dismissal and winter recess, Dec. 21-31; New Year’s Day, Jan. 1; professional development day with an early dismissal, Jan. 10; Martin Luther King’s birthday, Jan. 21; professional development day with an early dismissal, Feb. 14; February recess, Feb. 15; Presidents’ Day, Feb. 18; professional development day, no school for students, Feb. 19; professional development day with an early dismissal, March 14; professional development day with an early dismissal, April 12; spring recess, April 15-19; Good Friday, April 19; Memorial Day, May 27.

The tentative last day of school is Thursday, June 13. There are four full professional development days for staff, and 181 school days for students.