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GR School Officials Still Undecided on Sandy Makeup Days

To make up days lost to Hurricane Sandy, the school board could chop away at April break or consider a series of alternatives, though no final decision has yet been made.

As it stands, Glen Rock students can expect to see at least three days of their April break shortened resulting from Sandy-related school closings. But that's not written in stone.

At Monday night's regular school board meeting, Interim Superintendent Ray Albano said the district must recoup three full instructional days to fulfill the state's required 180 instructional day minimum. Schools were closed for eight days due to widespread power outages and safety hazards in the form of downed power lines and trees.

Three snow days were built into the calendar and the district made up two additional days by holding school during what had initially been a teacher convention break.

Although the current calendar designates April break to be partially lopped off counting back from Friday, the school board may amend the calendar to extend the school year in June, potentially hold school on a holiday or perhaps even open on a weekend, the interim superintendent said.

"The board is not ready to make a decision tonight and I'm not ready to make a specific recommendation," he told the audience.

There are other factors to also consider, Albano said. Notably, the district still hasn't faced winter where it traditionally expends its built-in off days, he said.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 10.

What would you like to see the district do to make up the lost days from Super Storm Sandy? Cut away at the April break? Sweat it out in June? Open the doors on a few Saturdays or Sundays? Eliminate a holiday? Comment below with your suggestion.

jp1 November 20, 2012 at 09:42 PM
It is state law.
JAFO November 20, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Agreed. Shorten the breaks and let's move on.
John Hahn November 20, 2012 at 10:41 PM
The funniest & sad line in this article is: At Monday night's regular school board meeting, Interim Superintendent Ray Albano said the district must recoup three full instructional days to fulfill the state's required 180 instructional day minimum. I have monitored our children's so-called fully instructional days. I am not sure how the 1/2 in-service days are counted. Then there is the handful of days pre & post exam when there seems to be NO instruction. There might be a movie. There is some desk cleaning etc. 180 days of full instruction is truly an illusion of education. School in GR ends memorial day week and then they coast. I welcome a response from a member of the faculty or admin. Please tell me I am wrong.
James Kleimann November 21, 2012 at 12:15 AM
The state requires 180 instructional days. Albano said it seems extremely unlikely the NJ DOE will waive the requirement. Basically, schools are praying for a snow-less winter while figuring out which days to make up.
its like that November 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Good point Mr Hahn. I was told that a half day counts the same as a full day anyway although not sure if its true.

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