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School district exceeds its five snow days

— Cazenovia Central School District has exhausted its allotted number of emergency days for the 2013-14 school year, Superintendent of Schools Robert S. Dubik wrote in a letter sent home to parents last week.

In the letter, which was mailed Feb. 12, Dubik explained that any future emergency cancellation of classes would require Cazenovia students and staff to make up the days in April. With the Feb. 14 snow closure — the sixth of the 2013-14 season — that reality has arrived.

The district will now be scheduling class for students and staff on Thursday, April 17. If a second make-up day is needed, Friday, April 18, will be a half day for students and staff. If additional days are needed, the district will start with Friday, April 25, and work backwards, Dubik wrote.

“If you family has plans for those days, it is your decision as to whether your child will attend school on those days if necessary. They will however need to be marked absent,” Dubik wrote. “It is certainly our hope that the weather cooperates and no other emergencies occur where canceling school may be required.”

The New York State Education Department requires that all school districts must use every opportunity to reschedule “lost days” of instruction, including scheduled vacation days and religious holidays, Dubik wrote.

For the full text of Dubik’s letter, visit the district website at http://caz.cnyric.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Snow-Day-Letter-to-Parents-1.pdf.

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