Story by Elizabeth Sobel.
the Nov. 28 Board of Education meeting
, the district’s trustees voted to revise
the school calendar in response to days lost during Superstorm Sandy.
revised version, students will attend school from Wednesday, Feb. 20 through
Friday, Feb. 22, previously reserved for the winter break.
“Although losing vacation time is unpleasant,
this is a necessary step we have to take,” said Board President Michael Pappas.
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of Schools Dr. James Grossane explained that the district was spared
significant damage from Superstorm Sandy and was in a better position than
other districts located on the north and south shores of Long Island.
students lost a total of six instructional days, one of which was made up by
holding classes on Election Day. The revised calendar, he said, will allow the
district to meet New York State’s required minimum of 180 instructional days,
allowing a continuum of instruction while enabling the district to honor the
national holiday (Presidents Day).
know this may cause a disruption to personal vacation plans,” Dr. Grossane
stated. “However, I am sure that you understand the importance and need for
make-up instruction to take place.”
district will also modify the high school midterm and the middle school final
examination schedules to increase instructional time.
The Island Trees School District also recently announced the cancellation of winter recess
due to the impact of Sandy.
For a copy of the revised
district calendar, please log onto the district website at
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