Students who had an unexpected week away from school because of Superstorm Sandy will likely see their February mini-break cut to make up for the lost time.
The Katonah Lewisboro school board will vote upon a resolution making Feb. 18 and 19 days that students and staff will report to school.
"Having lost five days of student attendance due to Superstorm Sandy, the district has been working closely with the leadership of our three bargaining units in order to develop a modified calendar that will ensure our compliance with New York State attendance guidelines, and more importantly, provide our students with as much quality classroom time as possible," Scott Persampieri, assistant superintendent for human resources, said in an email to district families this week.
One day was already made up when school was held on Veteran's Day. Additional weather reserve days—April 1 and May 24—may also be added to the calendar as school days, if needed.
The calendar change is in draft form until the board votes tonight.
Also on tap for discussion are these items:
- Elementary school initiatives: An update from elementary school principals, Carolann Castellano, and Cristy Harris;
- Superintendent's mid-year update: Discussion led by Paul Kreutzer;
- School and student safety: Mark Lipton, board president, and Kreutzer will lead a discussion including student "at-risk" behavior, storm response, and building security.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the John Jay High School library.
Editor's note: This story originally stated the "board was expected to eliminate Feb. break," however we have added text to clarify that this calendar change remains in draft form until voted upon by the board. The headline has been revised to reflect that information.