Schools in Erie and Niagara counties got an extra day off tacked onto their winter break Monday, thanks to the wind storm that swept through Sunday, causing numerous power outages.
The day off from school Monday came on the day many were prepared to go back to class after a week off that started with Presidents Day last week. And that was causing some school superintendents, in districts that had already used up their allotted snow days, to look at other scheduled days off that could become school days so they could be in session the required 180 days per school year.
But Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo came through, noting in a statement that Amherst Central had decided to close school because of the winds causing disruption to traffic signals and power outages.
The governor said his administration was in contact with the state Education Department.
"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. There is no higher priority than the safety of our students, and I commend New Yorkers for their vigilance during this severe weather," the statement said.