The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., has been temporarily closed by the government’s partial shutdown.
Superintendent James Helis said the academy has moved its scheduled fall break from the original date of Nov. 1 to 11, and that cadets were sent home Friday through Oct. 14.
The change is designed to “offer a greater degree of certainty and minimize the disruptive impact the shutdown is having on our academic calendar,” Helis said.
“Because the academy’s academic calendar is nearly year-round, we have only 19 ‘break’ days to make up missed classes,” he said.
Kings Point is overseen by the Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration. Unlike military service academies, nearly all Kings Point faculty and staff are civilians subject to shutdown furloughs that do not affect active-duty military personnel.