Lynbrook School Officials Brace for Winter Without Snow Days

District prepares parents for possible delayed openings to prevent further loss of instructional time in wake of Superstorm Sandy and Nor'easter.

After losing seven instructional days due to Superstorm Sandy and last month's Nor'easter, Lynbrook public schools are heading into the winter with no snow days in their bank.

The Board of Education approved a resolution in late November to convert five previously scheduled vacation days -- Feb. 19, 20, 21 and 22, and April 29 -- into regular school days in order to meet the state's 180-day requirement. But winter has not even officially started yet.

So at Wednesday's school board meeting, Interim Schools Superintendent Melissa Burak told parents, teachers and students that when winter does arrive, and snow, sleet and ice begin to fall, the school district will follow a delayed opening protocol.

"In case of inclement weather, the school will be open to students two hours after the original starting time," Burak explained. "The staff will report at the normal time. The district will put out calls to students, informing them of the delayed opening in the early morning hours."

She added that the district needed to choose delayed opening days wisely so there would not be anymore instructional days lost.

If officials do have to cancel one day of class this winter, then March 25 will be converted into a regular school day. If the district has to take two snow days, then there will also be school on April 1, Burak announced at the Nov. 20 meeting.


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