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Port Weighs Canceling Part of February Break

District has to make up 2 days of class time.

Like many school districts across Long Island, Port Washington Public Schools is determining how to make up missed instructional time caused by Super Storm Sandy.

Now school officials say the district must make up two days of class time. Yet there is a need for flexibility should additional school closings be required due to bad weather this winter. Meanwhile, officials say they have not received word whether New York’s State Education Department will waive the 180-day minimum requirement, given the aftermath of Sandy.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Mooney says she will recommend at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting taking three makeup days during the February break: Tuesday, Feb. 19-Thursday, Feb. 21.

In a letter sent home to parents, Mooney called the impact of the storm “unprecedented,” adding that it “resulted in an extraordinary set of circumstances.”

David November 27, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Having grown up in the Midwest, and enjoyed extensive travels, I find the February Winter Break to be comedic. Every fall, I laugh at the "Back to School" signs. On any given day, I can find school-aged kids roaming Port during school hours. I've given up asking why because I've lost count of all the different days they get off for one reason or another. I have a great idea. Why not permanently get rid of Winter Break and give the kids a proper Summer Break? And stick to a regular schedule, for the love of God.
Cheryl November 27, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I know there are many families who had already planned vacations around the February break, not to mention teachers and other school staff who did the same. In order to minimize the impact on all, why not at least have the two vacation days that week contiguous, rather than separated. That is, why not propose vacation for Monday and Tuesday, alllowing for a long weekend, and have the children and school staff at school Wednesday through Friday?
George Mulligan November 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
NYC schools are doing what Cheryl suggests. Who knows what works better. And if we get lousy weather in the next few months there may be more issues with rescheduling of snow days. So no matter, it's going to be a crazy time from now until July 1.
Cheryl Podolsky November 27, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I also agree with Cheryl; making it into an extended weekend, rather than breaking it up, might better accommodate those who intended to make plans. Of course, many people already made plans, which may incur some expense to change. But for those who haven't yet, at least keeping the days together makes things more manageable.
Arguendo November 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Two three day weekends sounds good to me.

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