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Croton-Harmon Schools Run Out Of Snow Days

Croton-Harmon Superintendent Edward Fuhrman said the Friday snowstorm caused the district to lose the last of its emergency snow days.
Croton-Harmon Superintendent Edward Fuhrman said the Friday snowstorm caused the district to lose the last of its emergency snow days. Photo Credit: File

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Croton-Harmon School District used the last of its remaining snow days Friday.

After Hurricane Sandy canceled classes in the Croton-Harmon School District for one week, the district resorted to using delayed openings and early closings to avoid using further inclement weather days that could eat into vacation time. But Friday morning's snowstorm proved too dangerous for driving and the district was forced to use its last snow day .

"(Friday) is our last emergency closing day," said Superintendent Edward Fuhrman in an email Friday. "Should we need another, we will need to make it up."

Fuhrman previously said he was doubtful that the state education department would grant the district any exemptions this year.

"They rarely, if ever, do anything when it comes to giving an exception," Fuhrman said in November following Hurricane Sandy . "Their typical view seems to be try to make up the days from your vacation days. That's kind of what most of us expect will happen."

The state mandates schools be in session for 180 days and if a school fails to comply with the measure, the school faces a loss of state aid. The state did provide an exemption last school year because of the damage done by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

For attendance purposes, delayed openings count as full school days, and don't count against the mandatory 180-day rule. Emergency days would need to be made up during the scheduled spring vacation days on March 25, 27 and 28, according to the district's one-page calendar .

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