District gets credit for truncated school day during blizzard


HOLLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) – Parents in the Holland School District suspected the superintendent kept schools open on Wednesday despite the blizzard warning so that the district would get credit for the day.

Though the superintendent did not say that was her intention, the district did get credit.

Holland was only one of a handful of school districts across WNY that stayed open. Students were picked up by bus but only attended classes for a few hours before being sent home due to rapidly deteriorating conditions.

On Wednesday, Holland Schools Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos said, “We did know the weather was going to be getting worse later in the day. Our understanding, and I’m not God and neither are the weathercasters (sic), but the understanding was it would be getting worse up north before it came south, possibly later in the afternoon.”

She added she never intended to compromise safety and thought the schools would be able to get a half day of instruction in.

Parents suspected that the real reason schools stayed open was so the district would get credit for the day.

News 4 confirmed Friday the district will get credit.

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