KINGS POINT - The Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point has been forced to stop classes because of the government shutdown.
The academy decided to begin its fall break a month early. The break, which normally starts Nov. 1, will last until Oct. 14.
The academy posted a statement to its website that says, "by swapping fall break from November to next week, we can both offer a greater degree of certainty and minimize the disruptive impact the shutdown is having on our academic calendar."
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The campus will remain closed and the academy will have to pay to fly students back to school when the shutdown ends.