OLD TOWN — Concern over the amount of school pupils have missed due to bad weather has prompted school officials here to do away with scheduled early dismissal days for the rest of this school year.
Wednesday is the first school day to be affected by the change, Superintendent Owen Maurais said Monday. Instead of leaving early as originally planned, pupils will remain in school until the usual departure time.
The same applies to early dismissal days initially scheduled for March 4 and April 8.
The school board’s decision to cancel early dismissal this year was made at its meeting last week.
“We decided to do what’s best for kids,” the superintendent said. “This should help in terms of getting kids back into their routine.”
Maurais said that the early release days had been built into this year’s school calendar to accommodate the faculty’s curriculum development efforts. That work will be done at some other time, possibly in the summer.