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Exemption Granted For Shorter Sandy Hook School Year

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Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes in a neighboring town. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes in a neighboring town. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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The state Board of education today voted to allow Sandy Hook Elementary School students to have a shorter school year.

State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor a request from local officials was approved unanimously, in light of the tragedy that took place at the school.

“The Superintendent of Schools of Newtown, Janet Robinson, attended and presented the case that the school year ought to be shortened from 180 days, which is the statutory requirement, to 177 days,” Pryor said.

Pryor says it is too soon to to say if any waivers from any other state requirements will be requested for Sandy Hook.

“The Sandy Hook community has been exemplary in their display of professionalism and of determination in the midst of imposible circumstances,” Pryor said. “The least we could do was provide this small measure of relief in shortening the school year for Sandy Hook School.”

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