When it comes to February school break, Manchester students will have nothing more than memories of years gone by.
As with many school districts, Manchester has struggled with the unpredictable weather and the requisite school cancellations. This is part of the reason that education officials here have decided to forgo the traditional 5-day February break in 2013, instead opting for an extended weekend in hope that Mother Nature will cooperate and school will let out for summer break on a decent date, or in this case on June 17, 2013.
However, because of this change, district officials had to restructure the spring school break. If school officials kept the traditional weeklong break toward the end of April, students would have class for about 13 consecutive weeks without a true break, according to interim Superintendent of Schools Richard Kisiel.
Despite some protest from teachers who wanted the date of the traditional April break kept as it's been (in the third week), the school board voted Monday to change the break to the first week in April 2013.
Kisiel said this is the ideal time to have the break, as it will be coming at the beginning of spring, after the Easter weekend and just after students have completed the Connecticut Mastery Tests.
For more details on the 2012-13 calendar, click on the attached PDF.