George Frampton, director of the office of accreditation for the education department, confirmed Monday that state superintendent Glenda Ritz has authorized schools to apply for a one-day waiver from the required 180 days of instruction. Later in the day, Ritz’s press secretary, Daniel Altman, told The Elkhart Truth that the waiver will be offered to schools for Tuesday as well…
This waiver has been used before, but rarely.
“In the last 15 years, this may have been used maybe three other times,” Frampton said, adding that he believes the waiver was last used in 2007 or 2008.
Indiana Department of Education spokesperson Daniel Altman told the Indianapolis Star districts have to fill out a short form to complete their waiver request.
“Because of the extreme cold we’re seeing throughout the state,” Altman told the Star, “we will be granting waiver requests for schools. [State superintendent Glenda Ritz] just felt it was an issue of student safety.”