Dunkirk cancels classes again today, but exams still on

For the second day in a row, the Dunkirk City School District has changed its calendar up a bit as a result of bitter wind chills and inclement weather.

All elementary and middle school students in the district will not have classes today and a second staff development day initially intended for February will be held instead. As a result, Feb. 18 and 19 will now be regular days of attendance for students.

Regents exams in the high school are still being administered today since they cannot be postponed.

“Again, the only kids that need to report (today) are those taking the U.S. History Regents or the geometry exam in the morning, and then the afternoon is the earth science and chemistry exams. We don’t want students to miss out on the opportunity to take those exams,” Superintendent Gary Cerne said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “It looks like it’ll be a few degrees warmer today, but it sounds like it’ll be a lot windier, as well. So, I have a feeling it might even be colder (today than on Tuesday).”

High school students who do not have Regents exams today are not expected to report for classes.

Those students needing a ride from the school vans should contact the high school office at 366-9300 ext. 2070.

Cerne added the staff development day rescheduled for this past Tuesday was successful.

“They did a lot of work on the Common Core and we’ll continue that work (today) and hopefully it pays off,” he said.

Counting today, Dunkirk has held all of its necessary staff development days for the current school year. Two snow days remain for the year, as well, according to Cerne.

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