WESTERN NEW YORK – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo says school districts that closed Monday due to the winter storm won’t have to worry if they’ve used their allotted amount of snow days.
In a statement Sunday, Cuomo said districts will receive waivers from the requirement that they have to be in session for 180 days per academic year.
“There is no higher priority than the safety of our students,” said Cuomo. “My administration has been in contact with the New York State Education Department and it has confirmed that the day will not be held against the school district or other districts requiring waivers due to insufficient available school days.”
A spokesperson for the governor said Monday that individual school districts will have to apply for the waiver.
Otherwise, schools that exceeded the limit would be forced to cancel any remaining vacation days to make up for the lost snow days.
Dozens of Western New York schools closed Monday as a winter storm swept through the region with snow and wind gusts up to 65 mph.