There’s good news for some New Jersey shore students who lost school days to Superstorm Sandy. Many area schools have found ways to make up the closures without significantly extending the school year.
Atlantic City made up some days by skipping scheduled holidays, such as Veterans and President’s days. Long Beach Island cut into its spring break. Pleasant Point did both — even though schools there closed for two weeks, they’ll add only two days to their calendar.
“The longer you go in the summer time, you’re dealing with the heat,” said Vincent Smith, the superintendent of schools for Point Pleasant Borough. “You get some of those schools with second floors and no air conditioning, and you’re getting some 85 and 90 degree days. It’s not really conducive to learning.”
Both New Jersey and Pennsylvania require schools to be in session for 180 days a year. But Neshaminy High School in Bucks County has decided to keep its graduation on June 12, despite Sandy closures, which will put it below required 180 days and risk $20,000 in state funding.