I want to provide an update on the make-up school day scenario.
At this point, there has not been any communication from the Commissioner of Education regarding a modification of school day requirements. While there are a series of hardship appeals, bills, and suggestions circulating, the current policy requires the use of vacation days before any “forgiveness” can be granted. This reality, coupled with the need to recapture lost instructional time, has necessitated calendar modifications in school districts. In an effort to provide parents, teachers, and students the most possible notice, our district has designated a make-up schedule as indicated below. 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.
Please know that these decisions were not made lightly. The magnitude of these storms have resulted in unprecedented changes throughout our area, and we are all working towards a return to normalcy. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time.
February 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2013, will now be full school days;
April 1, 2013, will now be a full school day;
May 24, 2013, will now be regular school for students and staff day rather than a conference day.
We will, of course, continue to monitor the New York State Education Department for pertinent communications.
Dr. David Bennardo
Superintendent of Schools