Sandy Hook school year shortened by state board

The State Board of Education on Wednesday voted to exempt Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School from a state law that requires students attend school at least 180 days each school year.

The school was closed for six days following a gunman’s horrific killing of 20 children and six educators there.

State legislators last month ordered the state board to give the district a waiver to the requirement.

Students — who now are attending a school in neighboring Monroe — will go to school for 177 days this year.

Newtown Superintendent Janet Robinson told the state board that such an exemption was necessary “First off for emotional reasons, but second because we had no school — our school was a crime scene.”