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Talk Back: Is No Winter Break a Bad Break?

Sachem School District decided to cancel four days of the upcoming winter break to account for days lost due to Hurricane Sandy.

Last night on the recommendation of Superintendent Nolan, the Sachem Board of Education decided to trim four days away from upcoming vacation time to account for instructional days that were lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent nor'easter.

As a result of the passed measure, Sachem Schools will be open during February break from Tuesday, February 19 through Friday, February 22, and also on Monday, April 1.

The four days cuts a deep gash into what is usually a fairly lengthy winter break for students and parents. Our Talk Back discussion today is obvious. Do you agree with the decision the Board of Education made?

Jump in the fray in our comments section below.

Ryan Bonner (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 10:28 PM
From our Facebook page: Sue Brandes: We are NOT the only district to have to comply with Albanys' request. Yes it stinks! Albany did comment during the disaster that they were gonna forgive the missed school days. ummmm Albany, what happened? Karen Van Ness Steigert: We are also working the February break (Copiague)....to be honest the students most def, need to make up lost learning time...of course if you had already made plans and could provide proof (for our district at least) then it wasn't a problem....To be honest I really wasn't looking forward to working into the summer months! In the big picture I guess we need to be thankful that is all we lost was a few days out of school....lets keep in mind those who lost everything! Kara O'Brien: I saw so many comments yesterday about how "unfair" it is to the "poor kids" who had to suffer in the cold with no electricity and such. Here's my feeling: having that anger about an unavoidable situation just teaches your kids to think they are entitled to what they want, regardless of the circumstances. The days need to be made up, and that's the bottom line. If my kids complained to me the way some of these parents have been they'd get a big, fat, "suck it up, buttercup" from me. Life isn't always fair and we can't control the weather. Education should be top priority and not looked upon as punishment. They get plenty of days off already.
Meryl December 07, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I couldnt agree more!
Joe Corbisiero December 07, 2012 at 05:50 AM
okay let's be honest here. You could cut those five days and still be fine in terms of education. It's really Albany that doesn't want to give schools a bit of wiggle room this year with the hurricane. You could miss a bunch of classes and still end up doing really well. I know I personally skipped a few AP English classes in my senior year to work on yearbook and other things and still ended up getting a 94 in the class for the year.

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