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Local Districts Mull Options, Await Decision on 180-Day School Year Requirement

Districts to make decisions on school calendar.

Word is spreading about possible legislation allowing school districts to reduce the school year no more than 10 days due to Hurricane Sandy keeping kids at home. In the meantime, most local school districts still have plans to keep kids in class for the full 180-day school year.

Mount Sinai School district decided to take one day of vacation away from students over Thanksgiving break, opening up for a full day of classes next Wednesday.

“We are certainly in a tough position,” said Superintendent of Schools Enrico Crocetti in an email sent to parents in the district. “Our prime directive is to ensure the best quality education for our students.”

He added “maintaining the minimum of 180 instructional days is of paramount importance.”

In that district the calendar year provided four snow days but Mt. Sinai had already been closed seven days (two of which were conference days.) That left the district one day short, which they will make up with the reduced holiday break next week.

“If we are required to take more inclement weather days they will be coming off of our March break,” Crocetti said in his announcement.

Rocky Point Superintendent Michael Ring said in an email to Patch that the district is "still reviewing the situation and have not made a determination at this time."

Miller Place announced on its website that the 2012-13 school calendar "may need" to be revised by adding school days back. Those days could come from any combination of the February or March 2013 vacation weeks but the December vacation week will not be effected.

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Sarah November 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I'm not in that district, but I can tell you that the world would not come to an end if the kids attend school less than 180 days. The last week or two of my son's kindergarten (in Rocky Point) last year were filled with games, movies, pajama play days, etc. It was annoyingly obvious they were keeping them in school because of the mandate and not because they had actual curriculum left to teach.
Justin Time November 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Amazing isn't it that a big issue is made of 180 Days! Think about it: Six months! Teachers get paid these ridculous high salaries and benefits for ONLY six months of work, and now an issue of Days off" comes up! There isnt a month, let alone a week that goes by where schools arent closed for some reason. Time for a complete overhaul folks. No wonder we are slipping to number 800. How many other states have so many days off?
Tom November 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I think school should be year round with 2 weeks off in July and one week in September Labor day week, and one week in March. The only ones it would hurt is the over paid teacher. They will have less time to spend my tax money.
Parth November 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Hey Justin. Are you real or a caricature? Let me guess, Tea Party?
Donna Rossi November 17, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Middle Country already adjusted the Calendar, They took 3 days away from the February break and 2 days off of the long Memorial Day weekend!
Irene Gersch November 17, 2012 at 08:17 PM
It's amazing that people never check facts! Same things comes up! A teachers salary is not based on 180 days! Just bc your child is not in school it does not mean the teachers are not in school or working! Teachers work before and after school year, and throughout the summer. Teachers work after your child goes home and brings their work home. A teacher's education cost over $90k and a teacher will continue to earn more degrees throughout their career. ( no, the school district do not pay this) additionally, they are required for continued education . I think we all agree that our children should be educated by a Teacher who is also educated!! I agree that despite of this disaster we have experienced, the decision on how to make the 180 day mandate needs to come quickly . Be confident in your teachers that each school day your child is enriched . Even the last days of Kindergarten , children learn through play!
concerned citizen November 17, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Irene...Get your facts straight, my H.S. children do NOTHING the last 2 weeks of school. And no I don't think watching a MOVIE is Educational especially the movies they let them watch the last weeks of school. You think you as a teacher should earn $90,000 a year? Give me a break! I'm right there in the schools I know for a fact Most teachers are the first ones out at the end of the day. Some teachers won't even help a Student who needs extra help especially during their precious lunch period. Those are the FACTS! I could go on and on. Yes I'm sure there are some teachers who are Excellent Teachers but Facts are they are Minority.
Justin Time November 17, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Let me ass-u-me that the request to drop ten days from the school year also reduced the salaries of teachers by ten days????
Jenny Farley November 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Concerned citizen, you are full of it. You are right there to see what? A group of well-educated professionals working to educate children? If you are not a professional educator, who are you to judge what is going on in these classrooms? Your ignorance is astounding. If it's such a great gig--go back to school and become a teacher. But after reading your post I know that would be very difficult for you.
Justin Time November 18, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Cant be, you made it didnt you!! LoL
Local Neighbor November 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Affected, not effected.
Anton November 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Maybe everyone forgot about those two other days of the week...you know, Saturday and Sunday. We could keep all the vacations in place if there were Saturday classes 1 weekend per month for the next 5-6 months.

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