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Though the kids may be enjoying their snow days, parents in Monticello will have to wake their kids up for school on Monday despite the holiday. The district will open on President's Day to make up for all of those days off. Our Eva McKend has the story.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- At times, the halls of the Monticello Central School District have been quiet this winter.
For more than a handful of days, the relentless snowfall has forced the district to delay or close all together.
"Being here for three years, this is the most stressful winter that I have faced and in my ten years of being Superintendent, this has been the most stressful," said Daniel Teplesky, Monticello Central School District Superintendent.
Constant closures means the district will be forced to open next week on Presidents' Day, a federal holiday but the school says it was always on the school calendar as a potential day of school.
"I understand that parents are at times upset with us because we are in school on Monday but we don't want to put children on the roads," said Teplesky.
"We've had experiences in the past where we've had other days taken away later in the year, so then when that happens, we all hate the snow days but during them it's great," said Lily McCausland, a senior and president of the student council.
The state requires 180 days of school, four of which can be teacher conference days.
This is why school districts like Monticello have to re-adjust and chip in to vacation time when there is significant snowfall.
"If there's five inches of snow, we have a snow day. Two months later, we have a foot of snow, we have a snow day," said McCausland.
One may wonder just who makes that final call.
The superintendent says the decision to close or delay school is not made lightly and is often in concert with other school districts and the area DPW.
"Safety is our first priority," said Teplesky.
As the region continues to get hit with show, the district says it may need to look at cutting days from spring break.