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Newburyport schools won’t close for Veterans Day

Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11. Many school districts are closed on Friday, Nov. 10, to allow students and families to observe the holiday, but Newburyport schools will be open.

Some residents have complained to the School Committee that the decision to hold school disrespects veterans. In an e-mail to families, Superintendent Susan Viccaro wrote:

“I sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been offended. As a school district we have the utmost respect for those who have served our country and fought for our freedom and safety. As we prepare next year’s calendar, we will observe Veterans Day as a holiday.”

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Viccaro also pointed out that the schools will be holding Veterans Day assemblies and classroom activities on Friday.

Linda Greenstein can be reached at greensteinlm@gmail.com.