HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Snowvember did a number on several south town school districts’ built-in snow days. And then the January blast pushed them over the top.
“As a teacher it’s been wonderful. But we need to pay them back. Its unfortunate we’re at a position where we need to figure out which breaks we’re going to be taking them from,” Patty Diorio said.
Diorio has two kids in Frontier Central School District. The board meets Monday night to decide which vacation days to take away — it’s most likely to be in February.
Some districts have a plan in place on how to handle snow days beyond the planned-for amount. Lancaster Central District has had 6 snow days so far this year. That’s one more than the allottment, so on April 10th, school will be in session. Any other snow days will take away additional vacation days that week.
Hamburg Central School District has had 7 snow days so far. That’s two over the allotment, but class was held December 22-23 — so they’re now even. Any more snow days will eat away spring break.
West Seneca School District will call kids back to class February 20th — the board decided last night.
And Orchard Park School District needs kids in class Tuesday through Friday of February break — plus May 22nd to make up all the snow days. If school’s called off again, kids will be called back April 6th as well.
“I think this is the first time we’ve been confronted with the fact that yes, we’ve used up all our snow days,” Diorio said. “You can’t ever make everyone happy. But the path of least resistance would be just to survey the community like they have at these meetings and see where they want to go.”