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Cazenovia High School, Middle School classes cancelled Sept. 5, 6

Water main break causes two schools to close, while elementary school remains open

A hydrant outside of Cazenovia Middle School releases excess water on Sept. 5. Classes at the high school and middle school were cancelled Sept. 5 and 6 due to a water main break. Classes at Burton Street Elementary School were conducted as normal both days.

A hydrant outside of Cazenovia Middle School releases excess water on Sept. 5. Classes at the high school and middle school were cancelled Sept. 5 and 6 due to a water main break. Classes at Burton Street Elementary School were conducted as normal both days. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— As stipulated in the teachers’ contract, if less than three emergency days are used throughout the school year, both students and teachers are given an extra vacation day before Memorial Day. Alternatively, if more than the allotted amount of emergency days is used, students and teachers will be required to attend additional days at the end of the year.

“If we don’t use our allotted days, it’s not an issue. If we use the allotted days, the state says we have to have every opportunity to make them up,” Dubik said. “Depending on what the winter brings, we may use the allotted days, or we may not use them — and then it won’t be an issue.”

Dubik said the situation has gotten complicated, as elementary teachers have been instructing students for the past two days, while high school and middle school teachers have not. Whether or not elementary students and teachers will be given vacation days to make up for the past two emergency days at the high school and middle school also remains to be seen.

“I don’t know that answer right now.” Dubik said. “It will be determined after the winter, when we see how many total [emergency] days are used, and what we need to adjust.”

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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