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Irvington Schools Vote On Calendar Changes Tuesday

Irvington school officials talk during a Board of Education meeting in this file photo.
Irvington school officials talk during a Board of Education meeting in this file photo. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Irvington students will see a shorter mid-winter recess if school officials approve a proposed modification to the district calendar during their Tuesday meeting.

Main Street School students would also stay in school a day longer than the rest of the district.

Irvington is adding class days to its calendar to make up for days lost to Hurricane Sandy. The district was closed for five days while power was slowly restored and streets cleared. Main Street School was closed for an additional day after a pipe burst and caused some flooding.

The Irvington Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Presentation Room at Irvington High School to discuss the calendar changes.

Under the proposal, the mid-winter recess would take place Feb. 18 and 19, with classes taking place the rest of the week. High school, middle school and Dows Lane students would end school June 20. Main Street School students would end school June 21.

Districts are required to provide 180 days of instruction. Irvington has two remaining superintendent conference days, but wants to prepare for potential snow days. There have been an average of three snow days each year since 2009.

“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.

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