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Sound Off: Are You Vacationing on Canceled Winter Break?

Hurricane Sandy cut days from the normally scheduled February break but will that stop your family's vacation plans?

The Malverne, West Hempstead and Lynbrook school districts' normal five-day winter recess has been cut short this year so that students can make up the instructional time lost due to superstorm Sandy.

Classes will be session at Malverne schools on Feb. 19, 20 and 21, leaving students with only two vacation days next week, Monday and Friday. And students and staff of the West Hempstead and Lynbrook public schools will only have Presidents Day, Feb. 18, off. 

"You are not going to get in any new instruction on these days ... If people have vacation plans, they are going," Barbara Keilty-Michaleski, a West Hempstead resident and retired teacher told the West Hempstead Board of Education shortly after it voted to take back the vacation days.

West Hempstead Trustee Vincent Trocchia responded, "Then, that's a crime. Parents need to realize a disaster occurred and certain things have to be met.“

For families who already made travel plans for the February break before their children's school calendars were changed, they have had to decide whether to skip the trip or pulll their kids out of class for a week. 

Do you plan on taking the February vacation regardless of the school district's decision to resume classes? Tell us in the comment section below.

Chris T. February 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Plans were made last summer so we are still going. Would loose way too much money!
Kim Kupfer February 16, 2013 at 05:49 PM
The kids who do go on their vacations will not be penalized for it, so then what would keep parents from keeping their kids home this week that aren't going on a vacation?
Dolores February 16, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Why would a parent keep their kids home from school if they were not traveling?
Frank D February 16, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Somebody needs to go back to school to learn now to spell lose!
Kim Kupfer February 16, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Why should they? If my kid has to go to school for those 3 days because we don't have solid vacation plans but my neighbors kids who have tickets to go somewhere shouldn't have to make up the school days because they are going somewhere? Sounds wrong to me.
Teacher of Kims kids February 16, 2013 at 09:47 PM
@Kim Keep your kids home. We dont want them there anyway.
Kim Kupfer February 16, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Why hide behind your name?

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