School districts around the state are deciding how to make up lost instructional days after canceling between five and eight days of classes because of snow, ice, and frigid temperatures.
John Quick is the Superintendent of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, which has canceled seven school days, but says the BSC has and will continue to factor in regulatory snow days.
“And we’ve been fortunate in that we built in six snow days this year and we’ve got six snow days built in for next school year, too,” Quick says. “We think that’s the way to manage the issue.”
Under state law, school districts are required to have a minimum of 180 days of instruction per year. The Indiana Department of Education announced this week school districts can either add days to the end of the year or hours onto days to make up for canceled days.
Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Daniel Tanoos is communicating with students, parents, and staff via Twitter to get feedback on how the school corporation should make up days. Tanoos says they will probably add onto regular days of instruction.
“Using Spring Break and President’s Day and Saturdays, I think those are family times that people have already made arrangements for vacations and time off,” Tanoos says. “So it really, for us comes down to adding days or adding hours on a day.”
Other school corporations criticize the method of adding extra hours to school days because of the hardship it would create for students with after school jobs.
Districts will individually decide how they will make up snow days.