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South Huntington Schools Alter Calendar

Board of Education picks vacation days that will have to be used to make up for days lost to storms.

The South Huntington school district is exchanging most of its winter vacation to make up for classroom time lost to Hurricane Sandy and a nor'easter.

The Board of Education voted Wednesday night to ensure the district could meet the required 180-day classroom minimum set by the state. Though the district's calendar called for 185 days, the schools were closed by the two storms for nine days. Loss of power and bus transportation routes over uncleared streets were two main issues for the district.

"At this point we need to be able to get back to the state and district number," said Dr. David Bennardo, superintendent of South Huntington schools. "We  looked at our district calender and decided on which days would be best to make up for lost school time.

"These changes will allow us to meet the current New York State minimum, regain important instruction, and preserve a few days for winter snow emergencies," he said.

The changes include:

Eliminating vacation time from Feb. 19-22, excluding Feb. 18, which is Presidents Day

Restoring April 1 as a full day of school

Eliminating May 24, the Friday before Memorial Day, as a day off

"Nothing is set in stone yet because we still need to see if the State Education Department wiil waive certain days and if they do we might have to reconsider which days we choose to have school," Bennardo said.

The State Education Department has the right to waive 5 possible school days.

 

Ron November 16, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Why would NYSED waive days? State Ed law says ONLY if there are unavailable days will a waiver be considered.
Big_E November 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Most of us figured February break was gone, so it's about time he announced it. Even if the state were to grant a waiver, we need to be fair to the kids who are taking Regents exams and such. They can't get nine fewer days of instruction than kids in other parts of the state and expect to compete.
Jim R. November 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Might not be a popular decision, but the right one.
rosanne keegan November 16, 2012 at 04:01 PM
We haven't even got to winter yet
BK13 November 16, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Good thing I held off buying airfare tickets for that week. But what about all the families that booked vacations and airfare? They are screwed!
Robert W November 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
No they're not. Schools will be open but empty that week!
Bill L. November 16, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Your solution?
Robert W November 17, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Don't have one thats why supers get the big bucks. However if you think a family of lets say 4 layed out big bucks for a family vacation in Feb months ago are not going because school is in session it's not happening! Don't know if it's right or wrong but just a little reality check.

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