Snow Days in May? They're Almost Here

There was no snow, so no need for snow days in Plainview: Beginning Thursday, local kids are off.

Plainview educators have decided to put its three unused snow days together beginning on Thursday to create a very long Memorial Day weekend.

Not all districts on Long Island, where snow days were non-existent last winter, did it this way.

Plainview students will be off beginning Thursday (and they won't have to turn their pajamas inside out on Wednesday night!) Students won't return to classes again until Wednesday May 30. School ends just over three weeks later, on Friday June 22.

If I were a kid, I'd love the idea, especially at this time of year. Patch wonders what local parents think:

Could you take our poll and let us know in the comments?

Sue schiller May 22, 2012 at 10:11 AM
This is because the school board caters to teachers, who can only teach 180 days rather than kids who really need school time or parents who work and have to search for child care. Since we have a week off in Dec. Feb.April it seems they could have added a day each to them..
S. Joy May 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM
They eliminated the extra in April because the school district recognized it would be poor planning to have the children come back after Spring break to a day when standardized tests were being given. I am glad they eliminated the day back in April and did it this way. At this point of the year many of the children have felt the pressure of the tests and you can tell because the weather is nicer out are getting very antsy in school. This is a much needed break for everyone.
James J. Stefanich May 22, 2012 at 05:17 PM
It appears that we have lost sight of the intention of "Snow Days". If we are lucky and do not need them, why are they being converted to extra vacation days? They do not equate to an education benefit for the students; maybe, they should be converted to a budget surplus for the benefit of the tax payers.
JOE May 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The reason for these days off seem to been forgotten. The School year is roughly 180 days long. 180 is the minimum state requirement. The teachers labor contract specifically state the number of days they are to work. I am not a teacher. Readers of these comments should ask themselves; would I work an extra 3 days for free because there were no snow days ? I know what everybody's answer would be. The other issue is , how would we save money on our taxes ? I am curious as to how Mr. Stefanich would turn unused snow days in to a tax savings.
James J. Stefanich May 23, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Good question....one possiblility would be to use the unused snow days as credit for vacation time for the district employees instead of additional funds for vacation time in the next budget.


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