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Huntington Board Cancels February Break

Schedule disrupted by storms will change to meet state minimum number of days.

The Huntington Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to cancel the February break to make up the classroom time lost to Hurricane Sandy.

The district will just meet the state mandated 180 days, meaning, Superintendent James W. Polansky said, that there are no spare days left should the school have to cancel classes for other emergencies, such as snow.

"The problem is that winter is coming," Polansky said. "If we have to close, that would require us to come back to the table to discuss" more calendar changes.

Classes were canceled for nine days because of the Oct. 29 hurricane and nor'easter that hit the following week. With the district already scheduling 182 days, the board voted to reinstate seven days previously marked for time off, bringing the calendar to the minimum.

Though it is possible that the state could grant a waiver, Polansky said the state had made clear districts should first give up vacation time.

Trustee Jennifer Hebert said parents had asked if classes could be scheduled for Saturdays or the school days extended to make up for lost time. But, she said, state rules wouldn't permit scheduling around the 180-day minimum.

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kate November 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Got to make those days up...period ! I beleive the Board is doing the best they can as far as choosing which days to take back. They could have tapped into the Dec break which would have made things really tough for those that have already purchased plane tickets to go away. On a lighter note..... at the Board Meeting last night was recognition for the HHS Varsity Golf Team going undefeated this season....CONGRATS to them, job well done !!! Any photos from Patch floating around?
lauren November 20, 2012 at 01:35 PM
As the superintendent said last night, some Holidays can be used as instructional days so can not. Presidents Day can and I don't think Martin Luther could just like Veterans Day couldn't. I think it's the best decision and makes most sense. If we do have more snow days, the district would apply for a waiver from NYS.
G November 20, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Good Decision !! The kids have too much time off anyway. They are barely back from Christmas break when February break rolls around. then after another short stint in the classroom, they get off for Easter break !! They NEED more time in the classroom without all these breaks
leslie November 20, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Tough decision and it won't please everyone but I think it was the best choice. Hopefully the teachers and their union don't act out about it.
becky December 13, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Children work hard in the classroom and deserve a break. I would prefer to have my daughter home with me during the Feb. vacation. These are children for heavens sake! Yes children!!!! Under no circumstances should Presidents Day be taken... shame on the superintendent... let us also not forget that it was a natural disaster...a hurricane...out of everyones control...don't take family time away!!!

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