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City Schools Are Out For Summer

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The city's public school kids are about to start their summer vacation.

School officially let out for the summer across the city at noon Wednesday.

Some students are only getting a quick break, as summer school begins July 8.

Classes for all students resume September 9.

Students who spoke with NY1 outside the High School of Communication Arts in Hell's Kitchen say they're looking forward to some time away from the classroom.

"My main plan is to get some more sleep and maybe do something outside and maybe play my video games," said one city student.

"I'm looking for summer opportunities to get some money and just help out the family," said another city student.

"Just working, doing nothing really and hanging out mostly," noted a third student.

The last day was also bittersweet for some students at the school. It's one of 20 being phased out citywide because of poor performance.

The schools will gradually close over the next few years.

"I feel like this school does give a lot of opportunities to other kids and things like that and you know I think the city should give it another chance, but I guess I'd have to say it's been given enough chances and there aren't very much results from what I've seen," said one student.

Meanwhile, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is reminding children and parents about the city's summer meals program.

Starting tomorrow, free breakfasts and lunches will be available at more than 1,000 locations through August 30.

For more information, visit schools.nyc.gov or call 311.

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