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Should New York students start the school year in August?

Some changes could be coming to your child’s school year. State education officials may choose to start counting the time students are in school in hours instead of days.

In the future, this means your kids might start school in August. Currently, under state law they have to wait until September but many districts and parents would like to start earlier.



Under current requirements is if your child has a half day due to snow those four hours in the classroom do not count but they now would under this new proposal. The other plan would allow public schools, with the exception of charter schools, to open before September.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia spoke about possible changes this week to the Albany Times Union. She said superintendents have asked for more options when it comes to scheduling especially if families support them.

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