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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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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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