Did School Make-Up Days Spoil Your Planned Vacation?

Tell us in the comments section.

Superstorm Sandy hit communities hard across Long Island last October – their school districts included. And for many, the recent blizzard only made the situation worse in terms of lost school days.

To make up for days lost due to Hurricane Sandy in October and November and a loss of snow days because of the recent blizzard, students in local district will attend school either all or part of this week.

New York State's education laws require students to be in school for a minimum of 180 school days; public school funding in New York is tied to school districts' fulfillment of that requirement.

But for many families, winter break was to serve as much-needed family getaway time; the same can likely be said for spring break – when religious commitments often come into play, too.

Thus, we ask: Did the school make-up days spoil your vacation plans? Will you lose money you laid out for those vacation plans? Log in to Patch and tell us in the comments below.

Justin Time February 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Lets see..180 days is equal to 36 weeks of 5 days per week. That means that a total of 16 weeks remain to plan vacations. Get real..what about the "much needed" break for families that hold a full time job?? Dont feel bad for our "Educators"..they are well taken care of!
LImom February 19, 2013 at 01:51 PM
How about the break the kids need from the teachers that give them non-stop assignments for the past 4 years? My kids get assignments over every break, mid-winter, winter, spring, summer and weekends. Even no power for 2 weeks didn't stop the assignments. So taking the days back, when we were under a state of emergency and the governer could have excused the days is ridiculous. The kids deserve a few days off.
Patricia Leo Thorstensen February 19, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I agree with LImom. we were under a state of emergency during sandy. all this switching around to get in 180 days is dumb. just make the days they are in school count....it is not always the time, but what is done with the time.....caring grandma
Marie G Lavin February 19, 2013 at 04:03 PM
My niece did go to school yesterday, one class had only 4 kids. They should have added to the end of the school year, I remember they did that once before due to lost days. Then it would not have disturbed so many plans already made, and the days would be made up.
Mommy Roe February 19, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I have no intentions of changing my family's vacation plans. One school day was added to the spring break due to the blizzard. My kids will miss that day, and possibly more depending on how the rest of this winter goes. Missing a few days will not be detrimental to their studies so no change in plans here!
LImom February 19, 2013 at 06:18 PM
My plans HAVE to change because my kids all have perfect attendance. Now if a teacher doesn't show up and my kids do, you can be certain I will be talking with the superintendent. I had to cancel my vacation and lost a lot of money because of all of this.
Justin Time February 19, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Remember: Fun before education...kids arent learing anything with all the days off..have a blast!!!


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