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March 14, 2014

N.H. schools will have delayed end in June

More snow days mean end of school delayed

While some students rejoiced at getting another snow day yesterday, others weren’t so happy.

Missing classes for the fifth or sixth time this winter because of snow and slippery roads means pushing back the end of the school year another day.

Some students will be spending much of June in the classroom instead of at the beach or some other favorite summer hangout.

Schools in Londonderry, Salem, Derry, Pelham and Windham were closed yesterday. The Sanborn and Timberlane Regional school districts delayed the start of classes for two hours.

Londonderry has had six snow days so far this winter, Superintendent Nate Greenberg said. That means the last day of school has been pushed back to June 20, he said.

“We didn’t have any days until January,” Greenberg said. “Then the wicked weather witch turned on us.”

That’s when the missed days of school started to pile up even faster than the snow itself. In a little more than a month, most districts racked up at least four snow days.

Windham has also had six snow days, with the last day set for June 20 as well.

One more snow day for Londonderry and Windham would delay the end of the school into a new week, making the final day Monday, June 23.

“We will see what happens,” Greenberg said. “We are keeping our fingers crossed.”

Even before school was canceled yesterday, Londonderry was trying to make up for lost time.

Students were scheduled to have today off for a teacher workshop day, but that’s changed. They will be in school, Greenberg said.

Salem is also trying to make up snow days — yesterday was the fifth. The last day of school is June 19.

When the missed days started to accumulate earlier this winter, the School Board decided to have students attend school on two teacher workshop days in late March, according to Superintendent Michael Delahanty.

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