NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Superstorm Sandy has cost New York City school students part of their mid-winter break.

The NYC Department of Education announced Monday evening that the school days lost to the storm will be made up on February 20-22, days which were previously allotted to mid-winter break.

Another day will also be made up on June 4, when elementary and middle school students were scheduled for a half day. It will now be a full day of school for those students.

“We are by law required to provide a certain number of instructional days for students and the time during mid-winter break presented us with the most sensible solution,” the Department of Education said in a statement.

Most New York City schools were closed for one week during the storm. Some schools were closed for even longer because they were used as shelters or suffered damage during Sandy.

Sixteen schools, including Staten Island’s Tottenville High, served as emergency shelters for those left homeless by Sandy.

The United Federation of Teachers released a statement saying that any union member who has evidence of a purchased vacation before November 20 will be allowed to use days from their accrued leave to take that vacation.


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