For the second year in a row, we have experienced significant snow and ice conditions that have required the cancellation of school. So far (and not counting Wednesday and Thursday’s impending weather), we have missed five school days and have delayed opening twice.
To address lost instructional time due to inclement weather, the following make-up plan will be effective March 2, 2015:
- Eleven minutes will be added to the elementary school day, five minutes in the morning and six minutes in the afternoon. Transportation pick-up and drop-off times for elementary students will also be adjusted by five minutes in the morning and six minutes in the afternoon. New elementary school hours will be:
- Tier Two: 8:30 a.m. to 3:16 p.m.
- Tier Three: 9:15 a.m. to 4:01 p.m.
- Three early release days scheduled for the school year will become full days for all students, K-12. The dates are March 11, April 3 and June 12.
With these adjustments, the division will meet the state’s 990-instructional-hour requirement at all levels. While students in middle and high school have banked time over the 990-hour requirement, five days of instructional time were missed, and the adjustment to the early release days recovers a portion of that time.
Given this week’s weather forecast, this plan was developed to give the division some flexibility if additional school days are cancelled or delayed. Additionally, we are already taking a look at next year’s calendar to determine if adjustments should be made to bank more instructional time.
Thank you for your patience and support,
Steven M. Constantino, Superintendent