The Deer Park School District is cutting out all non-essential field-trips for the remainder of the school year, in order to make up for missed class time due to Hurricane Sandy, Superintendent Eva Demyen announced on the district's website.
New York State mandates that public schools must be in session for 180 days. The Deer Park School District has 184 school days, but lost seven due to the storm. Therefore, the district's class calendar is short by three days.
"To this end one of the simplest ways to garner more instructional time is the curtailment of all non-essential field trips for the remainder of the school year," Demyen stated.
Parents with questions about specific field trips should speak with their child's principal, the superintendent said.
The district has been given no information from the state regarding any required make up days, Demyen said, adding that no decision will be made until it does.
The Music in the Parks and Washington, D.C. trips will still take place, Demyen said during a Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.