Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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March 21, 2013

Good Friday added as school day after storm

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“If we have alternatives — which you do, which is Saturday — I’d rather go Saturday,” he said.

But that was before Tuesday’s storm brought yet another school day to the district, now giving the high school seven cancelled days and the town’s other schools six. With Tuesday’s snow day, officials will now need to figure out how to make up another day for all schools, according to committee member Annie Gilbert.

Gilbert said the topic may hit the table when the committee meets tonight, Thursday, March 21. With school offices closed Tuesday and the snow continuing to pile, no news of that sort was available before Townsman deadline, she said.

Also not available was how many teachers have filed to take off Good Friday for religious observance. A deadline to take off the day was set to pass after Townsman deadline.

Assuming enough teachers would be on hand for Good Friday, “what we could do, given today’s situation, is have it be both Good Friday and that backup Saturday,” for high school students, Gilbert said.

However, a conversation about that solution hasn’t yet taken place, she said Tuesday.

While Andover was facing a scheduling crunch due to emergencies, McGrath said the town had something to celebrate: it could have been much worse this year.

“Some people are in worse shape than we are because they lost a full week, with Hurricane Sandy,” she said. “With the February blizzard, [some] schools were out five or six days while we were out for two days.”

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