Schools Out of Snow Days, Forced to Modify Schedules

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 6:33 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

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March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 6:33 PM EDT

LAKE SHORE, NY (WKBW) There have been many weather related school closings this winter, and now as a result, schools are scrambling to try to make up for lost time.

“It’s just part of living in Western New York,” said West Seneca Superintendent Mark Crawford. “It’s wintertime.”

In some Western New York school districts, weather related school closings have amounted to more than a week of classroom instruction lost.

“We now have had seven days off because of weather,” said Crawford. “We were able to accommodate six through our schedule, but now we’re going to have to take the Monday after spring break. We’ll be in session that day.”

West Seneca is not the only school cutting into break. A handful of other Western New York school districts are dipping into vacation time and modifying their schedules.

“On January 31, we had a staff development day scheduled, and because of the lost time, we made the decision to bring students in for instruction that day,” said James Przepasniak, Lake Shore Superintendent.

School districts are required to have 180 days of instruction per school year. School superintendents say the missed time this year has definitely impacted classroom instruction, so even if it means more school days, modifications to the calendar are absolutely necessary.

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