Pratt Institute has restored the originally promised school holiday for November 6th. Though Pratt's president, Thomas Schutte, did not acknowledge the petition in his email, I think it's safe to believe that it was because of this effort that Pratt even decided to look into alternatives to having class that day. The full email students were sent is viewable below. Thanks very much to everyone's efforts in making this change a possibility.
Best, Martha Sorren
"Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: The mid-term break has been restored and there will be no classes held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Earlier this week, you were notified that the decision had been made to hold classes on Tuesday, November 6, on the Brooklyn campus due to class cancellations caused by the hurricane. Based on new information from the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the Senior Staff and I unanimously decided to restore the 'Mid-Term Break' originally scheduled for Tuesday and classes will not be held in order for students and faculty to participate more easily and more fully in the election process. The administration’s decision in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to hold classes on November 6 was based on the need for Pratt to comply with federal, state, and accreditation requirements regarding the amount of time students must spend in class to earn the course credits. The intent was to minimize the addition of make-up days at the end of the semester and the inconvenience to students and faculty who have made travel plans. Since then, NYSED has notified us that institutions that have experienced a temporary closure as a result of a disaster can apply for approval to fulfill their requirements even if the in-class time is lower than usual. This makes it possible for Pratt to seek a number of options that do not involve the extension of the semester. We will begin to explore various options in the coming week seeking input from the community and communicating with NYSED as to their viability. We will continue to inform you of developments. The Pratt Manhattan Center remains closed until further notice. Thomas F. Schutte, President"