Area schools make varied adjustments for snow days
By ELISA SAND, Staff Reporter
Schools throughout the Madison area are facing some challenges when it comes to making up school days missed due to the weather.|
In recent weeks, spring snowstorms have resulted in three consecutive days off and another partial day this week.
At Madison Central, the school board has already approved the addition of one day to the school calendar prior to the latest storms. Now, school administrators are developing a plan to account for the additional missed time.
Madison Superintendent Vince Schaefer said that plan is still being developed and requires school board approval, but administrators already eliminated Wednesday's (today's) planned early release and converted it to a full day of classes.
"Wednesday is going to be all day because of the time lost," Schaefer said.
The teacher inservice planned will shift to the end of the school year.
High School Principal Sharon Knowlton said Madison's calendar has always been developed with the plan of tacking on snow days to the end of the year, but this year's building construction project adds another factor to consider, in addition to satisfying student time requirements and teacher contractual time.
At Oldham-Ramona, the four-day school week allows the district to make up lost time on Fridays. Superintendent Tom Ludens said that classes have already been in session on a couple of Fridays and will be in session this Friday and the next.
Ludens said the school schedule at Spring Lake Colony is not a four-day schedule, so the calendar there will have to be adjusted for four or five snow days and two funeral days. Ludens said there may be a couple of extra days built into the calendar so not all days will have to be added back.
Chester Principal Mike Reinhiller said the five snow days this year will be tacked on to the end of the calendar, putting the last day of school on May 29.
Rutland Superintendent Carl Fahrenwald said that as the calendar sits now, no makeup days will be required. Fahrenwald said the calendar is currently set up with 173 days. The state requires a specific number of hours, which converts to 153 days.
Although there has been time missed, Fahrenwald said, he's confident that teachers can make some adjustments during the rest of the school year to cover all the information required.
"I'm confident we can get the instruction done," he said.
Next year's calendar for Rutland starts classes after Labor Day, which puts the school's completion date in the third week of May.
"It's come up before and we're going to try it," Fahrenwald said. "All the feedback we've gotten on it is positive. We think it'll be a good thing."
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