City officials announced Monday that New York City students will see their weeklong winter break cut short by three days to make up the school days missed due to Hurricane Sandy.
The New York Daily News reports only two extra snow days were budgeted in the school calendar.
In addition to the shortened winter vacation, elementary and middle school students will have a full day of class instruction on June 4, instead of just a half day.
Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, CSA President Ernest Logan, and UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement regarding the making up of lost school days:
“We are pleased that the City, the CSA and the UFT reached an agreement on making up school days lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Teachers, principals, and the school community made an extraordinary effort to get our schools back online after the storm, and by working together, we were able to open most schools with minimal disruption. It is just as important that we recover the time lost, and this agreement will provide students with additional class instruction. In order to make-up the days students lost and to retain our eligibility for state funding, the last three days of winter break (February 20-22) will become full school days, and the June 4th clerical half day will also become a full day of class instruction.”
In the aftermath of the storm, Walcott was adamant that the city’s students should make up the lost time.
“I’m not talking about shortening the days at all. We are talking about how we replace the days. Our students need as many days as possible,” he said.
According to the Daily News, more than 7,800 students in 18 schools are still attending class in temporary spaces. Many are expected to return to their original classrooms by the end of the month.