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Irvington Schools Might Use Vacation Days For Storm

Irvington schools need to add instructional days to the calendar after Hurricane Sandy.
Irvington schools need to add instructional days to the calendar after Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Irvington school officials are considering using vacation days from the midwinter recess in February to make up days lost during Hurricane Sandy.

The Irvington Board of Education will make a decision on the district calendar next Tuesday at its regular meeting.

“While the prospect of altering the District calendar may be disappointing and a hardship to many, we ask that you please consider the extraordinary nature of the unprecedented storm that we all faced and be certain that we wish there were easier solutions before us,” officials wrote in a letter to parents.

School districts are required to have 180 days of annual instruction. While officials hoped the state legislature would introduce a bill to waive this requirement this year because of Hurricane Sandy, the district says bills introduced require schools to use all of their vacation time.

The school district closed for a week during Hurricane Sandy. Irvington is two days short at Dows Lane Elementary and the Middle-High School. Main Street School is three days short of the requirement because of a burst water pipe.

Two superintendent conference days remain, but the district has averaged more than three snow days each year since 2009, officials said. The district also cannot add instructional days after June 21.

Officials will discuss using vacation days on Wednesday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 22, making April 1 an instructional day, and adding a day for the Main Street School on June 21. The proposal would allow for two potential snow days if needed.

Officials had considered changes to Spring Break, but noted that would affect some religious holidays.

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