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Storm closes schools in East Haddam, other towns for week

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EAST HADDAM, CT (WFSB) -

Hurricane Sandy shut down dozens of school districts around Connecticut, many for an entire week.

In East Haddam, classes stalled the start of school all week long, but did not stop cross-country runners from practicing for their state meet on Saturday.

"We're getting extra practice in because we missed all week," said runner Kate Ryan. "Don't wanna be tight for our meet."

Many of the students did not enjoy the loss of power. 

"We couldn't use a lot of electronics because we had no power," said Kevin Moreau.

School officials said the decision to cancel classes for one more day was for the students' safety, because of certain roads being impassable and downed trees and poles.

"We communicate to parents ahead of time up to five days will be added on to end of year," said Superintendent of Schools Marybeth Iacobelli. 

East Haddam was originally scheduled for June 11 and now, we go until June 18. 

Iacobelli said she does not want to disrupt February vacation and affect families' plans.

"Though five days is later than expected, we still have a margin there where we can extend school year and not be at July first date," she said.

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