As the Verona public schools head into yet another November week of half days and closed days, let’s put to rest one of the more popular myths circulating around town now: The three days that schools were closed after the Halloween snow storm do count as snow days.
Yes, the state did declare a state of emergency during the storm (which is still in effect, so price gouging rules still apply). But, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, a snow day is a snow day is a snow day. And the Verona Board of Education confirmed at last week’s meeting that the days we lost count as snow days.
Verona traditionally budgets for only three snow days. So if the Farmer’s Almanac is right, we are potentially toast. As of now, the BOE’s plan is the standard remedy: If we have to close for other snow days, they would have to be made up out of April break.