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Classes will be held Monday in Berkeley County

February 12, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Because snow has caused so many days of school to be canceled, classes will be held in Berkeley County Schools on Monday - a day that schools normally are closed because of Presidents Day.

The day was originally scheduled to be a holiday for students and a staff development and faculty senate day for employees.

Four days in June that were scheduled as optional attendance days will be used as regular school days. Altogether, five of the 10 days missed so far because of snow and ice will be recouped, said Deputy Schools Superintendent Frank Aliveto.

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Neither teachers nor students need to worry that spring break could be taken away.

"Spring break are days that are not in the calendar. They don't exist," Aliveto said.

Like with the days over Christmas, teachers are not contracted to teach on the days that comprise spring break and are not paid for those days. Spring break is scheduled the week of April 5.

The days students will have school in June are June 2, 3, 4 and 7.

June 7, not June 1 as originally planned, will be the last regular day for students. An optional-attendance day will be held on June 8, Aliveto said.

With more winter weather likely, school officials have recommended that "snow packets" be distributed to students to review lessons taught in the classroom. The packets cover various subjects.

"We are making every effort to educate our students both in and outside of school during this season of inclement weather," schools Superintendent Manny Arvon wrote in a press release.

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