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Superstorm Sandy still affecting kids

A high school student falls asleep amid studying.

A high school student falls asleep amid studying. (Credit: iStock)

Superstorm Sandy continues to do collateral damage -- this time to high school students.

In my son’s district, this week should have been midterms week. The kids would go to school just long enough to take that day’s subject test, then return home to study for the next day and to get some decent sleep.

This year, due to Sandy sapping school days from the calendar in the fall, midterm week was changed to full days of class to make up for the lost time. To be fair, the district reportedly told teachers not to give any midterms.
However, many of my son’s teachers are still giving chapter tests and “quarterlies” this week, which cover all the material from the marking period. This is my son's junior year, arguably the most critical year of his high school career and of course he wants to do as well as possible.

My son has been overwhelmed this week between the full school day, homework, studying and extracurricular activities after school. He has to get up at 5:45 a.m. to get ready for school, but he’s been up several nights till 1:30 a.m. studying and doing homework. I’m afraid that he is going to literally keel over, felled like the trees that came down during the storm itself.

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