Update on Snow Days & Revised 2018-19 Student Calendar
As we look at the weather throughout the country and worldwide, the weather patterns this year have been a challenge. Here in the Mid-Hudson region we had an early snowstorm in November and also in January. While cold, we have actually had a fairly mild winter. As you know we closed school on three days this winter due to inclement weather. In addition, we previously closed school the Friday before spring recess.
The school calendar for 2018-2019 included five days for possible snow or weather emergencies, three staff development days, and time for parent/teacher conferences. Because we have not yet used the five days set aside for weather emergencies we need to revise the calendar and schedule additional days for school to be closed.
In consideration of these factors we are closing school one additional days around the Memorial Day Holiday. School will be dismissed early on Thursday May 23, 2019 and closed Friday, May 24, 2019.
When we build our district calendar, there are several New York State regulations that must be followed. Public schools cannot be in session on federal holidays, nor can we include student days in August or July to meet the required days for instruction. The last day of school is also determined by the Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department based on the Regents exams.
The building principals will send reminders to you regarding the school calendar. These dates, as well as any subsequent changes, will be posted on our website www.hffmcsd.org. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.