Dear Colleagues and Parents,

State law requires that school districts have a minimum of 180 days in the school year. The law also requires districts to utilize all scheduled vacation days before the 180 day requirement is waived by the Commissioner in the event of extenuating circumstances. Therefore, school districts have no choice but to exhaust all scheduled vacation days in order to comply with the 180 day requirement. Any district that does not comply with the 180 day requirement will lose state aid for every day below 180 days and will violate the state requirement to provide the appropriate amount of instructional time for students. In the best interests of providing students with the necessary instructional days, the district had no choice but to revise the calendar for the rest of the year.

The Board of Education revised the 2012 – 2013 School Year Calendar to make up for the lost days due to Hurricane Sandy.  Schools will be in session during the week of February 18 – 22, 2013.  Schools will not be in session during the week of March 25 – 29, 2013 unless additional make up days are needed due to inclement weather. In addition, schools will be in session for students on Friday, March 15, 2013, in lieu of a Superintendent’s Conference Day and a Superintendent’s Conference Day for staff only is scheduled for Monday, June 24, 2013.  Attached is the revised calendar for your review and information.

We fully understand that many staff and parents may have already made travel plans during the February break, and we sincerely regret that those days have fallen victim to the storm and its aftermath. Because we are asking Glen Cove staff and families to alter their plans, we cannot do less than provide days of meaningful instruction for all students on every one of these recovered days. All staff are expected to make the necessary adjustments to their plans that will enable them to provide instruction and to be in attendance when schools are open during the February break.  If any staff member needs a letter from the district in order to recoup expenses for a planned February vacation, please contact Mr. Louis Zocchia, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, and we will be more than happy to provide a letter stating that the change in calendar is beyond your control. I thank you for your understanding as we comply with state law over which we have no control.

Joseph A. Laria, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools