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.