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Mid-February School Break Cut Short to Accommodate Hurricane Sandy Lost Days

By November 20, 2012

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It's Thanksgiving week, and again school kids have only a three-day week, with this Thursday and Friday off. So far this year, they've had  no school due to the normal no-school days:  Jewish holidays, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, and now a two-day break for Thanksgiving. Hurricane Sandy caused a week of closures (and for some students, ongoing disruptions).

To make up for lost time, as of November 20, 2012, there's a new calendar for the NYC public schools, so take note if you are planning a February trip:  There will be classes on Feb. 20, 21 and 22,2013,  and, according to the NY Times, "the city and unions have also agreed to convert a half-day in June into a full day."

  • The last day of NYC public school is currently scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Will the NYC Department of Education make up the Hurricane Sandy lost classroom time next summer? It probably depends on whether we also get winter storms that cause schools to be closed.

But if you are thinking about planning your summer vacation in July 2013 according to the original New York City public school calendar, you might want to think twice. (School calendar)

See article about reactions among families of public school students.

November 19, 2012 at 10:01 am
(1) CK says:

Due to the regents schedule, It makes no sense to have instruction in July. Also, the DOE must provide summer school, which usually begins right after July 4th. that first week after school lets out is to determine who need to attend and to set up classes and schedules.

The calendar currently has 184 instructional days already built into it. The state mandates 180 days. If the DOE needs to take back days, the most likely place will be from thespring break.

November 19, 2012 at 10:05 am
(2) CK says:

Due to the regents schedule, it makes no sense to have instruction into July. Also, since the DOE offers summer school, that week is used to determine who must attend and to set up classes and student schedules.

The current calendar has 184 instructional days in it. the state mandates 180 instructional days. If the DOE needs to take back days, they will probably take them from the Spring break.

November 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm
(3) brooklyn says:

Thank you. The DOE announced its plans today. Appreciate the feedback.-EF

February 25, 2013 at 11:26 pm
(4) brooklyn mom says:

why not list the spring break dates?? you list the last day of school??

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