District Addresses Instructional Time Lost Due to Snow Days

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 5:14pm

Solution does not require extending the school year

As you may have expected, due to the four snow days taken this year, our district will be adjusting the elementary school calendar to ensure we are in compliance with the state-required minimum instructional time. Rather than adding instructional days to the end of the current school year, we have found a solution that we believe is much less disruptive to our elementary students and families.

Elementary School Solution

In addition to capturing more instructional time within the current school day, on April 11 we will implement a “hard-start” at 7:35 a.m. for all elementary schools.  A “hard-start” is the time all students are expected to be present, in classrooms and ready to learn. By starting at exactly 7:35 a.m., our teachers will have additional instructional time with students each day, for the remainder of the year. As a result, we will slowly recover the needed instructional time between April 11 and the end of the school year. 

This solution only applies to the two snows days taken on March 23-24 and does not impact the solution for the snow days taken in December and February.

Please Note: K-8, middle school and high school calendars currently meet the minimum amount of instructional time required by the state. Therefore, K-8, middle schools and high schools will NOT be impacted.

Elementary school parents and families will receive additional information from their respective schools by Friday, April 1.