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There will be no mail delivery on Nov. 10, and most banks will be closed. Andover Youth Services and Memorial Hall Library and town and state offices will also be closed to observe Veterans Day, which falls on Saturday this year.

But for Andover Public Schools’ students, staff, and teachers, it will be just another Friday.

The Andover School Committee approved the 2023-24 calendar with a first and second reading last October, which included the change.

At the Oct. 6, 2022 school committee meeting, member Tracey Spruce said that state guidance said holidays that fall on Saturdays should be observed on Saturday — not on the day before. “I would like to see Nov. 10 as a school day, not a non-school day,” Spruce said.

But the change seemingly went unnoticed by many district families — some of whom had already planned getaways for a long weekend.

“As a parent, I feel like I should do the right thing and not pull them,” one woman who had already booked a family trip posted on Andover Cares about our Schools & Town, a local Facebook discussion group.

“Pull your kids!” another responded. “It’s not the end of the world if they miss a day!”

Students in grades 1-12 have Monday off for parent-teacher conferences. Most other school districts in the area, including North Andover, North Reading, Wilmington, and Tewksbury, are not open on Friday.

What’s Open, Closed On Nov. 10


Local, state and federal office: Closed
Schools: Closed
Memorial Hall Library: Closed
Andover Youth Services: Closed
Trash/recycling collection: Delayed one day (Friday pickup on Saturday)
MBTA: Regular, weekday schedule
Post Office: No delivery, except for guaranteed overnight parcels. All retail operations closed.
RMV: Closed
State Parks: Open


Banks: Most closed
Liquor stores: Open
Cannabis dispensaries: Open, hours may be impacted by holiday.
CVS: Regular hours, varies by location
Kohl’s: Open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Rite-Aid: Regular hours, varies by location
Stop & Shop: Opens at 6 a.m., closing times vary
Target: Opens 8 a.m., closing times vary
Trader Joe’s: Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Walgreens: Regular hours, varies by location
Walmart: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Wegmans: Open 6 a.m. to midnight
Whole Foods: Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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