Springfield-Area School To Miss Vacation, Weekends As Mold Makeup Days

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SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's a high school student's worst nightmare: school on the weekends, vacation, and everywhere in between. After South Hadley High School's opening was delayed because of mold this fall, the district now needs to make up two weeks of school days.

The mold was discovered on August 30, just a day before school was set to start. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) refused to let the district teach via remote learning, so those days made up an impromptu extended summer vacation. DESE eventually okayed the district to do a week of remote learning in mid-September.

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Students finally returned in-person on September 28, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Now, the students need to make up the two weeks of school they missed earlier in the year. The make-up days start on November 2, and include two Saturdays in November, two Saturdays in December, four days of February break, and one day in April.

Superintendent Jahmal Mosley said in a letter to the community that although the make-up days might be challenging, they were necessary for the school to hit the state's required number of school days.

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