The Garden City Board of Education is holding a special meeting Monday to discuss one agenda item: when will students make up missed days because of Superstorm Sandy?
The public session will discuss
modifying the school calendar for 2012-13 to address the loss of days incurred after the storm.
“Garden City’s Board of Education is currently considering
its options," Dr. Feirsen told Patch. "Although no decision has been reached yet the February break is
receiving serious consideration."
Students attending Garden City public schools missed at least five days of school due to a continued power outage related to the storm.
Public school students returned to school on Nov. 6 - with the
exception of Garden City middle schoolers and students attending Hemlock
School. 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.
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).
New York State law
requires 180 days of instruction, but Dr. Feirsen said the State Education Department
(SED) can excuse up to 5 days “due to extraordinary circumstances.”
The meeting kicks off at 8:15 p.m. in the boardroom at the Administration Building on Cathedral Avenue.
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