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Stratford Schools Open Monday, Nov. 12

Schools will be in session a day after Veterans Day.

Unlike last year when Stratford observed Veterans Day by closing schools, this year local students will be in the classroom on Monday, Nov. 12, a day after the public holiday that celebrates the country's military.

Charles Lindberg, vice chairman of the Stratford Board of Education, said it's his belief that when Veterans Day falls on the weekend, Stratford schools are in session the following Monday. From 2000 to 2011, Veterans Day arrived on a Saturday or Sunday four times.

In 2011, Veterans Day fell on a Friday, and Stratford joined Milford, Bridgeport and Fairfield as area municipalities that closed schools, making for a three-day weekend,

This year, those districts -- except for Stratford -- will once again observe Veterans Day with a day off from school, this time on Monday, according to school calendars.

Shelton and Trumbull are two local towns that will have school in session on Monday, like they did last year on Veterans Day when it landed on a Friday.

"Shelton always has school on Veterans Day," wrote a Stratford Patch reader on our Facebook page. "At first I thought it was disrespectful but once the mayor explained why they have school on Veterans Day, I agreed with him.

"He said most kids would spend the day playing video games or watching TV and never get anything out of the meaning of the day. So the schools spend time that day with visitors who are veterans or some who are still serving and learn what the day is really about."

In an article published on Stratford Patch last Veterans Day, Stratford resident Kip Steele commented that, regardless of what day the holiday falls on, it should be observed in the classroom.

"As a Marine I feel school should be open," he said.

What do you think? Should Stratford schools always be open, despite where Veterans Day lands on the calendar?

Superintendent Irene Cornish and Board of Education Chairman Gavin Forrester could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Susie Q November 08, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Students should be in school and it would be nice to invite any and all Veterans in to give a speach. Have them stay thru the lunch period and talk one on one with any interested students. That is the best way to learn... From personal experience.
Thomas Gee November 08, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I agree with Susan O however being open for Veteran's Day and closed for MLK Day is just pure racist. We are telling our kids that 1 person is more important than all the countries veterans.
Amanda M November 08, 2012 at 05:40 PM
If we are to observe one holiday we should observe most? Regardless of what day Veterans Day falls on it needs to be observed. I agree that the best way is to have any veterans interested in sharing their experiences be invited to visit and talk with students - it does not have to be ON Veterans Day. Perhaps schools can offer credit for attending a memorial type service on the day off. Veterans may wish to spend the day with their own families reflecting on their experiences. Why not take a poll and learn what they would like?
Tracy Henderson-Daigle November 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Kids should be in school learning what the day is about today we had 3 veteran talking the kids listened if they had day off they would just play video games
Monica November 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Why not eliminate some holidays so the kids can get out of school for the Summer earlier? Holidays like Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, President's Day & Martin Luther King Day. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur you should give the Jewish students and teachers the days off without penalizing them and let everyone else attend school as usual. You can teach our children the meanings and the importance of those holidays while they are in school.

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