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    New Haven Public Schools will remain closed Thursday and Friday of this week to allow continued snow clean up and to ensure that school bus stops and pedestrian routes are safe before students begin traveling to school.

    However, in order to start making up the large number of school days already missed this year, New Haven Public Schools will be in session next week during the scheduled February break. School will resume Tuesday, Feb. 19, and continue for the rest of the week. IMPORTANT: New Haven Public Schools will be open Tuesday, Feb. 19, through Friday, Feb. 22. Schools and busing will follow the normal schedule next week.

    The school district will work with teachers and principals to ensure next week is a full educational week for students with a return to focused instruction and academic enrichment.

    "We don't want our students out of school for too long. We canceled school for a week out of concern for the safety of our students and a need to keep people off the roads during intense snow removal operations. Now it is time for them to get back in the classroom and back to the business of learning. We thank parents for their patience in the wake of this extraordinary snow storm," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo.

    By law, the school district is required to complete a 180-day school year by June 30th. So far this year, the district has had to cancel school for 10 days in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and the recent snow storm. With two "snow days" built into the calendar, that leaves eight days to make up already, with the very real possibility of additional weather problems in the second half of the winter. The district will make up four days during the scheduled February break, and any additional days at a later time in the year. The district will work with the NHFT to develop a plan to make up the additional days and will release the plan as soon as it is ready.

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