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BOE President: School Board Wants to Reschedule Missed School Days

Dr. Jeff Kerman says the Board of Education wants to put the missed school days back on the calendar.

School board president Dr. Jeff Kerman on Tuesday said the Board of Education wants to reschedule the school days missed as a result of Hurricane Sandy two weeks ago.

"Our main function is to educate our children," Kerman said. "The Board felt that we would like to make sure we give back those days that were missed because of Sandy. We're going to look at the calendar to see where and how and if we can do that."

He added that the remaining vacation days in 2012, including the Thanksgiving break and holiday break, would not be touched. It "will not be even considered until after the new year," he said.

Kerman did say, however, that the school board is obliged to operate under whatever rules the state's commissioner of education puts forth. There is no word from the commissioner's office yet.

State education law requires a minimum of 180 school days per school year, though the state education commissioner is authorized to excuse at most five days for extraordinary circumstances if those days could not be made up by using scheduled vacation days as make-up days.

In 2011, the state legislature passed a resolution allowing school districts to be considered for an exception to the 180-day rule of up to 10 days instead of five due to extreme weather conditions such as tropical storm Irene in August of last year. A state education department representative said Friday that a similar bill has been filed in the state legislature for this school year.

Do you feel the missed school days should be made up, and if so, how should school breaks be altered to accommodate make-up days? Log in to Patch and tell us in the comments.

Pro Teacher! November 15, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Teachers Unions DON'T make up the amount of days or which days the students go to school.
Smokestack Lightning November 15, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I agree they should be made up. But let's see what the actual attendance looks like. My guess is that many families will go away for the entire scheduled vacation (and more). And all those kids will either MISS instruction, or teachers will not be able to go forward with curriculum because attendance is so sparse. So the days will essentially be wasted anyway. But it will make political sense to "make them up," even if it doesn't make practical sense. But I do agree they should be made up, and all students should be there. Just not so sure it will happen.
Doreen November 17, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Yes. I believe the days missed should be made up. Our children's education is very important and a day or two taken away from scheduled school breaks is not terrible.
justme November 20, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Another teacher who is a ding a ling.... Big surprise....
Denis December 02, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Most NY districts are cancelling Winter recess in February.

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