How Can Kids Make Up for Lost Week?

Post your thoughts about whether you think spring break should be cancelled or the state should waive the 180-day rule.

With the jury is still out on whether students will have to make up days lost during Hurricane Sandy, some school administrators have asked parents to hold off making spring and summer vacation plans just in case the lost days will have to be made up.

Related: School Districts Await State Guidance Regarding Make-Up Days

According to the state education department, school districts must meet a 180-day requirement in order to be eligible for state funding and a state of emergency declaration by the governor does not automatically mean school districts can hold fewer than 180 school days.

The days, the education department said, can only be excused by a legislative action and a bill to that end has been filed in the state legislature; however, it is unclear if legislators will approve it.

In the meantime, we want to know what parents and community members think the schools should do about the missed days? Cancel spring break? Make it up at the end of year? Waive the 180-day rule? Post your comments below.

Daisy November 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM
The kids get lots of time off. I think they should make that week up. They get a week at Christmas, a week in February, and the spring break. Not to mention 3 days at Thanksgiving, all the other days off in between, and 2 months summer vacation. For working people that do not have the luxury of going on vacation - it's an added expense of a babysitter for a week.
Melpo November 17, 2012 at 01:14 PM
As a former HS educator & administrator, let the youngsters have the week because in terms of the larger schema of things , this will have zero impact on their future...it is meaningless...If anything, points should be added to the Regents Exams of all students who were affected by the storm...
Craig November 17, 2012 at 01:51 PM
If possible why not extend the school day to make up the missed time?
Gail Simons November 17, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Taking away another vacation that many people have already planned for - maybe put deposits down, etc., - doesn't seem a good choice. If it is unavoidable, I'd say add it on to the end of the year. Ideally, I think waiving the 180 day rule for this sort of emergency situation is the best thing for all involved. Like Melpo said, in the bigger picture, it isn't going to impact what the children have learned - and that's what counts, what they've learned, not how much time it took to do so. A longer school day would NOT work - children are not adults, they can't be expected to put in the same long hours that adults do. Similarly, that is the reason for all of the school breaks during the year. Kids need a break, they're not little adults, they're kids. Take the time off with your kids, make the sacrifices that need to be made (I DO!) and let them have a childhood!
Melpo November 18, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Agree with Gail Simmons...Read my earlier comment...Leave the kids alone...life is complicated enough...


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