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New York State will not force Western New York districts who closed due to wind to make day up

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Posted at 7:36 AM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 07:36:36-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Dozens of Western New York school districts which closed their schools Monday over the high winds that whipped through the region likely will not have that decision held against them.

Late Sunday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state department of education announced districts will not be penalized for missing school Monday so long as they have no remaining vacation days to be used.

The state education department said districts will be granted a waiver for insufficient off-days if everything in their bank has been exhausted. Many districts are facing this reality after the "Blizzard of 2019."

The Governor's full statement read as follows:
"In the face of high winds that threaten to disrupt traffic signals and cause power outages, the Amherst Central School District has decided to close schools on Monday. My administration has been in contact with the New York State Education Department and it has confirmed that the day will not be held against the school district or other districts requiring waivers due to insufficient available school days. There is no higher priority than the safety of our students, and I commend New Yorkers for their vigilance during this severe weather."