OBEN Schools Adjust Calendar

District awaits Albany decision that would decrease required days of instruction.

Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District may not have to make up every day of cancelled class as a result of Hurricane Sandy as Albany officials may reduce the required amount of school days.

In a video on the district website, Superintendent Phyllis Harrington said the district will be waiting for news from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office to make the final decision. Cuomo may be approving a waiver that would reduce the required amount of days students must be in session. If approved, less days would have to be added to the district calendar.

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The calendar will undergo revisions despite the possible decrease. The waiver will only cover a certain amount of lost days of instruction so make up days are still potentially being worked into calendar revisions.

Harrington said that the January midterm schedule will be revised to turn testing days into instructional days. The superintendent also said the district has opted to hold Advanced Placement examinations on the last possible days, thus adding five additional instruction days to the calendar.

Watch the full video on Patch.

Harrington added that the guidance department is working with universities to safeguard students' college applications.

"It's times like this that you are able to focus on what matters most," Harrington said, concluding her message with the wish that residents would be able to take time to focus on their blessings.

Patch will update on the status of the waiver when new information is available.


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