PEEKSKILL, N.Y. ‒ Last Friday’s snow day gave students and teachers in the Peekskill City School District a day off, but they have to make up for it in a couple of weeks during their spring recess.
With no more snow days left after Hurricane Sandy and several other storms, the district was forced to make former spring recess day Monday, March 25, into a scheduled school day.
Many school districts in Westchester County, including Peekskill, have resorted to using delayed openings and early closings to avoid more days off during bad weather that could eat into vacation time. But Friday morning’s snowstorm proved too dangerous for driving and the district was forced to call another snow day.
“We are going to have school Monday, March 25. That’s our first give-back day according to the approved district calendar,” Peekskill Schools spokeswoman Laura Belfiore said. “If we have any additional snow days from now until then, which we hope we don’t, the following Tuesday and Wednesday are the next approved give-back days.”
District officials plan give-back days on the warmest recess days.
"We try to grab them from the warmest weather possible, because I've seen it snow in April," Superintendent of Schools James Willis said in February. "The hard part is getting the kids to show up."
The state mandates that schools be in session for 180 days. If a school fails to comply, it faces a loss of state aid. The state provided an exemption last school year because of the damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
The full 2012-13 Peekskill City School District calendar is posted on the district's website.