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Sound Off: Are You Vacationing on Canceled Winter Break?

Hurricane Sandy cut four days from the normally scheduled winter break.

The Rockville Centre School District's normal five-day winter recess was compressed to just one day -- Presidents' Day -- after Hurricane Sandy and the ensuing nor’easter forced the cancellation of seven instructional school days.

Students now get a three-day weekend, with Feb. 18 off, but will be expected to return from Feb. 19-22.

“This is not a great situation either way,” Board of Education President Liz Dion said back in November when the decision was made. “It’s not how we wanted things to go. We just feel that there is too much instructional time to not take advantage.”

However, some families had already booked vacations before the October storm hit and cannot cancel them.

Do you plan on taking the February vacation regardless of the school district's decision to resume classes? Tell us in the comment section below.

Susan Grabel February 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Unfortunately no. My grandchildren, students in a city private school had a day off 2/5 which was cancelled due to Sandy. We had already booked hotel (refundable)and Disney tickets (good in the future) but all the plane fare was forfeited.
Patrick McGuire February 14, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Having a middle schooler and a junior in the high school made the decision more difficult. If they were in 1st or 2nd grade it would have been different. Luckily the airlines allowed a free switch. We are now booked for Easter week.
Deborah Zukerman February 14, 2013 at 09:12 PM
I think with all the test preparation going on, the kids still need the time off to reset. There was a lot of stress on the kids at this time last year, and I don't think it's any less this year. I don't know that one day off is enough to do it, although some districts have even lost that...

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