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Kings Park Schools Dip Into Spring Break to Make Up Lost Days

District says school will be in session first two days of spring break to help make up time lost due to Sandy.

 

Hurricane Sandy gave children some unexpected time off, but that time will be paid back, according to school officials.

The district lost a total of six days, three of which will be made up with conference days, which are days where staff comes in and there is no school for students.

School will be in session on March 25 and 26, the first two days of spring break, which are also the first days of Passover, and May 24, part of the long Memorial Day weekend.

“These are instructional days (which were lost) " said district superintendent Susan Agruso. “The state is not going to modify exams…the SATs aren’t getting any simpler.”

The state legislature passed a resolution in 2011 that allowed for exceptions to the 180-day rule of up to 10 days instead of the regularly allowed five from damages caused by extreme weather conditions, like tropical storm Irene in August of last year.

According to the state education department's website, some circumstances may be approved by the New York State Education Department Commissioner if they are “extraordinary,” which include “extraordinarily adverse weather conditions, an impairment of heating facilities, an insufficient water supply, a fuel shortage, a lack of electricity, a natural gas leak, unacceptable levels of chemical substances, or the destruction of a school building.”

According to Agruso, schools are legally required to use up vacation days before a repreive is considered.

“We want to preserve as much time as possible,” said Agruso. “We are not advocating for a reprieve of days.”

Students who are not in school on those days will be offered the opportunity to make up the work, said Agruso.

Barbara November 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM
What is the plan if we lose more days to snow this winter??
Kerry Smith November 16, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I need someone to explain to me why the district is closed the day before Thanksgiving!!!! It is not a holiday and I would think that most parents are preparing for the holiday and do not need or want their kids home that day.
michelle soss November 16, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I thought I might have read the give back days wrong so I called the Superintendents office to confirm and I was told that it was what was in the union contract. I can not believe that Passover were the two days agreed upon the first place but at this point due to situations beyond our control, they should be changed. I can not send my children to school on Passover as most Christians wouldn't on Christmas or Easter. Fortunately for them they do not have to make that choice.....Schools are simply closed on such an important holiday!....as they should be.....I find suggesting that we need to send out children to school on Passover antisemetic and divisive....Shame on you KPCSD....I am disappointed and saddened by your choice.......there are other days like the above comment points to....give back the day before thanksgiving as we gave back election day.......
Chris November 16, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Michelle--- We did not give back election day. Monday and Tuesday were switched so as not to lose another day. I fully agree with you that Passover is equivalent to Easter or Christmas and school should be closed. After all it is a public school. Kerry---Teachers and other staff members need to prep for the holiday too!
Kerry Smith November 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Yes, teachers in this district certainly due suffer from a lack of days off....

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