Snow Days Cause Some Districts In Lackawanna County To Move Graduations

February 25, 2019 GMT

School districts throughout the region started off the cold-weather season with an early snow day in November. Snow, sleet and ice hit hard again in the new year, prompting cancellations that changed scheduled days off and some graduation dates.

Abington Heights, Carbondale Area, Dunmore, Forest City Regional, Lackawanna Trail, Lakeland, Mid Valley, North Pocono, Old Forge, Riverside, Scranton and Valley View canceled classes for weather between five and nine days since the early Nov. 15 storm.

Students in Pennsylvania must be in class for 180 days. Unpredictable weather, like the messy mid-November snow or past blizzards in March, can mess up any plan.


Each school district makes up snow days differently. Some districts have begun to make up days or will make up class during upcoming holidays.

While most districts build days into their yearly calendars to avoid changing graduation dates, others, including Carbondale Area and Valley View, add them on to the end of the school year and announce graduation dates in the spring.

Abington Heights, Dunmore, Lakeland and Mid Valley have not moved graduation dates.

Forest City Regional, which used the most snow days of the local districts, marks graduation as “tentative” on the school calendar, said Patricia Chesnick

, administrative assistant to the superintendent.

The Scranton School District

is saving “extending the year as the last resort,” said Robert Gentilezza

, chief compliance officer,

North Pocono Superintendent Bryan McGraw

has also not made a final decision on the end-of-year schedule.

Lackawanna Trail’s graduation was moved from June 7 to


, said Superintendent Matt Rakauakas


To account for snow makeup days, Old Forge moved its graduation to June 10

, said Superintendent John Rushefski

. Riverside’s graduation was moved from June 12 to

13, said Superintendent Paul Brennan


up-to-date information about changes in school calendars, contact the districts or visit their websites.




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Snow days used as of Friday:

Abington Heights: 5

Carbondale Area: 8

Dunmore: 5

Forest City Regional: 9

Lackawanna Trail: 8

Lakeland: 7

Mid Valley: 5

North Pocono: 7

Old Forge: 5

Riverside: 5

Valley View: 5

Scranton: 5