South Eastern, like many school districts, had planned on a nice, long, spring break weekend at the end of March when putting together the school calendar this year.
And then, snowflake by snowflake, ice storm by superstorm, the spring break had turned into a slightly extended holiday weekend.
The latest blow was Monday's snow surge that dumped more than a half a foot of snow in parts of southern York County.
South Eastern, Southern, Northeastern, and Spring Grove closed on Monday, with Red Lion closing its elementary schools. Graduation dates could be impacted in some cases.
South Eastern Superintendent only had one snow make-up date heading into Monday after having to burn one March 6.
Now, after Monday's closure, South Eastern students will now need to go to school April 1.
That means outside of Good Friday on March 29, Spring Break is more of a Spring Quick Pause.
Kaufmann, like several superintendents and a certain famous groundhog, had assumed spring weather was near and the danger of inclement weather was done.
"I though that before the last two (closures)" Kaufmann joked of the unexpected snow.
South Eastern has now run through all five make-up dates, partly because of Superstorm Sandy. Student and staff safety was her only thought at 5 a.m. Monday when she has to make the call about closing school, she said, not how many make-up dates are left.
Added time: Northeastern School District will now have school Wednesday, June 12, extending the school year by a day, according to the district. Tuesday, June 11 will now be a full day (it had been a half-day) as well, with June 12 being a half-day. The district is deciding soon when graduation will be held.
Southern York School District, which also used five make-up days after Monday's closure, will now have school Friday, June 7 -- tacking on a day to the end of the year. Superintendent Thomas Hensley said the school board will have to decide when graduation will be held.
He added that, like Kaufmann, he hadn't considered the calendar and make-up dates Monday morning. He only saw how "the roads were getting nasty" and that a two-hour delay wouldn't cut it.
Staying put: Red Lion had the unusual situation of closing school for elementary students but not for secondary students. Superintendent Scott Deisley said by the time he and his staff saw the roads were much worse than expected at 6:30 a.m., it was too late to call back the secondary buses. The elementaries were initially put on a delay, and then closed.
With the roads getting better by the afternoon, it made sense to keep the secondary students in school, Deisley said. No make-up date is needed for the elementary students.
And at Spring Grove, the last day of the school year will now be Monday, June 3. However, graduation will still be held Friday, May 31, according to spokeswoman Lisa Smith, as the board likes to stick to a Friday graduation date.
Hopefully, she said, they won't have to add more days to the year.
"I don't want to jinx it," Smith said.
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