HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Parking lots full of parents and buses lined the road outside Memorial Elementary School in Hanover Township. This would all be normal for a Monday, except that it also happens to be Presidents Day, a national holiday.
“They were happy they had Valentine’s Day off, but then they were not so happy they had to go this morning, so you can’t win,” said parent Barbara Coleman.
It’s a lose-lose for Hanover Area School District, which has already had six snow days this year and has none built into the schedule.
Superintendent Andrew Kuhl’s solution? Add days to the end of the school year and stay open on Presidents Day.
“It’s been a long winter and it’s been tough on everybody. What we’ve come up with in terms of doing this is trying to look and be as sensitive to everybody’s needs as possible,” said Hanover Area School District Superintendent Andrew Kuhl.
As school officials try and figure out the calendar for the rest of the year, students say they’re frustrated and wish they didn’t have to come in on a holiday.
“I don’t think it’s fair because all of the other kids don’t have school and we do,” said sixth grader Alessia Mangan.
Superintendent Kuhl says he doesn’t want to cut into summer break any more than he has to. Some parents say they’re just as frustrated as the kids.
“It has been crazy. You never know from one day to the next whether they’re going to go to school, day care, two-hour delay. You’re going to be always changing your schedule around,” said Coleman.
With more snow and maybe more snow days expected, the district is now considering shortening spring break, even making seniors come in on Saturdays to keep the June 19 graduation date. That date has already been pushed back from June 11.