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Nanuet Schools Pick Sandy Make Up Days

There will be school on Feb. 18-20, March 22, April 1. Feb. 18 and 19 were originally off for Presidents’ Holiday, Feb. 20 a Superintendent’s Conference Day, March 22 a staff development day, April 1 was part of the schools’ spring recess.

 

Nanuet students, and all other Rockland schools, closed for the week of Oct. 29 because of Sandy. Nanuet School District needed to make up the five missed days, Oct 29 – Nov. 2.

Schools need to be open for 180 days to receive state aid. For most districts, they've used up all their snow days and are deciding where they can make up the missed school days as well as working with the state. 

"As for the impact on the District calendar, we are in the process of working that out, though part of that process involves a determination by NYS concerning a waiver," said Cheryl Tully, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and District Clerk last month.

At Tuesday night’s Nanuet School Board meeting, the revised 2012-13 calendar was passed to reflect those five missed days:

There will be school on Feb. 18-20, March 22 and April 1.

Feb. 18 and 19 were originally off for Presidents’ Holiday and Feb. 20 was a Superintendent’s Conference Day. March 22 was a staff development day and April 1 was part of the schools’ spring recess.

“As you recall, we were waiting hopefully to hear back from the state,” said Superintendent Mark McNeill. “We were hoping that the state would come back to us and say that since the hurricane was an extraordinary situation, the state would waive the days that the district had to close. We’re not hearing that the state is going to do that. I put off until tonight, throwing out what I think is the best recommendation for making up the five days that we lost.” 

“The state … I don’t know if they’re going to do it (waive the missed days,” said Board Member Anne Byrne, who is the National School Boards Association Representative for the New York State School Boards Association. “They haven’t had any movement on it. A lot of rhetoric but no movement. At least we have the Rockland County legislature on point saying that they (the state) should waive the days. We’ll have to see what happens. I don’t see anything yet coming out of the state.”

The revised calendar includes:

  • 181 student days
  • 184 teacher days
  • 3 superintendent conference days
  • 0 staff development days

At the bottom it reads:

Emergency Closing Policy: Schools may be closed because of hazardous conditions or inclement weather. If this happens, the days used to make them up will be determined by the superintendent. Order of days and additional days to be determined by the superintendent. The district will not consider travel costs as a reason to approve personal days if emergency conditions restore days to the school calendar

Board Member Ron Hansen asked what would happen if it snowed.

“I want to wait before I commit to what day that would be. There’s been times in the past and I have not made up a day to preserve that week off (for spring break),” said McNeill. “I don’t want to commit right now simply because it may be favorable to the district, students and parents to have a week off or we could get a 3-day blizzard and we would have to make decisions then. I want to hold off on that and see what happens.”

Here is the original school calendar.

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  • Sandy Hub: Recovery & Restoration in Nanuet
  • Nanuet Schools Give Post-Sandy Update
Scott Walters December 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
In actuality, there is only a true mandate for 160 days of instruction. Anything extra to 180 is simply more money from the fed and state government. WHen Nyack had the protracted teacher's strike in the 1970's the students only had to make up days to get to the 160 number.
Bobbie Russell December 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Considering the current state of the economy, and the loss of the Pfizer tax money, Dr. McNeill made the correct choice to reinstate the lost Sandy educational days to the school calendar so the School District doesn''t suffer the loss of any state aid funds.
Scott Walters December 20, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Hawaii has 164 school days per year...
Skip December 21, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Actually a bill signed into law in 2010 that goes into affect for 2011-2012 school year mandates 180 school days for Hawaii. It is also NYS law that 180 days of school are required. You do realize that 1970's was at least 32 years ago and the requirement than might have been different. Maybe you should fact check before stating things as absolute fact.

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