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Abbreviated Winter Break Sends Students Back to School

Classes resume in both public and parochial schools as February break comes to an early end.

Garden City public school students returned to class Wednesday after their winter break was cut short in order to make up Sandy-related school closings.

The Garden City Board of Education in November devised a plan to reclaim three days of the February break and put aside two additional days for possible make-up snow days, satisfying the state's 180-day requirement.

As a result, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 20-22, became instructional days.

Students attending St. Joe's and St. Anne's returned to school Tuesday; Waldorf School classes resume Monday, Feb. 25.

The storm hit Oct. 30. Public school students returned to school on Nov. 6 - with the exception of Garden City middle schoolers and students attending Hemlock School because both buildings were still experiencing the effects of the storm and could not open.

Hemlock students returned to class for the first time since Sandy on Nov. 7, reporting to Stratford and Stewart schools. Due to continued issues related to the storm at Garden City Middle School, students didn't return to school until Nov. 13 and missed a total of 10 days of instruction (Monday, Nov. 12 was Veterans Day and schools were closed).

Did you have to cancel your February vacation? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sally Carson February 21, 2013 at 07:33 AM
Nice math, but the students were out starting Monday October 29, which means students missed a MINIMUM of 6 days and in some cases up to 10. These kids are missing some valuable instruction time but they will all be passed thru with good grades regardless.
Carisa Giardino February 21, 2013 at 08:49 AM
Hi Sally, when mentioning 10 days missed, I was referring to Garden City middle schoolers, who were out beginning Oct. 30 and returning Nov. 13 (schools were closed Nov. 12 to observe Veterans Day). Other students actually missed a minimum of 5 days, returning Nov. 6 while others like those attending Hemlock, returned Nov. 7, missing 6 days of instruction (Oct. 30-returning Nov. 7).
Jack O'Niel February 21, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Hey look, another derogatory comment from Sally. So Sally, does the "Kingdom" just hand out good grades because the community expects it? Who put the bee in your bonnet?
Bill Sweeney February 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Missing 10 days...OH NO...forget Harvard...time to work at McD's for all of them!


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