NJ Schools Struggle To Make Up Lost Days From Storm [AUDIO]
Schools across the state are deciding how to make up lost days after Superstorm Sandy caused many to shut down for nearly two weeks.
Now that class is in session and things are getting back to normal, districts throughout New Jersey must finalize plans to get the state law required 180 days of instruction in by the end of the year.
So far, nothing is off the table.
Parsippany schools will have to spend two holidays and a Saturday in the classroom to make up the time, spring break has been cancelled at some schools in Hunterdon County, and some schools will have to add days after June 30th.
The Toms River Regional School District will decide how to make up seven days during tomorrow night’s scheduled board of education meeting.
“We have all options on the table at this point,” said Tammi Millar, school spokesperson.
One of the hardest hit districts was Union Beach, which lost thirteen days due to Sandy’s destruction.
“We lost a lot of days, nearly two weeks time and a lot of that was because we are a one district school and we are a walking district so we had to figure out ways to get children bussed to school for the very first time and there were a lot of transportation challenges that we just did not anticipate having to deal with so quickly,” said Superintendent Joseph Anniballe.
“Days that we were not going to be in session we obviously will be, we have to look at spring break and other days that we had planned to be off to make up that time,” he added.
Other worries districts face include what effect long stretches of school without a break will have on teachers and students and what impact a possible snowy winter will have on the calendar.
“That’s the unknown variable, if th state is hit with what’s predicted to be a snowy winter…what do we do if we get hit with three or more snow days, we have to plan for that which could also push back the last day of school as well,” said Anniballe.