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Spring Break Eyed for Make Up Days by Twp. Schools

K-8 district up to five inclement weather days; only four were allotted at start of calendar year.

Sledding in the snow may end up being exchanged for fun in the sun for students in the Washington Township School district, as administrators begin looking for ways to make up lost time due to inclement weather. 

Superintendent Jeff Mohre released a statement to students and parents Thursday afternoon, explaining that the district had now closed its doors for entire school days five times due to inclement weather in the 2013-14 school year. Only four emergency closing days had been allotted.

The first week of February alone brought two closings, on Monday and Wednesday, with two two-hour delayed openings on Tuesday and Thursday.

“The Board of Education will be discussing the calendar at its March 4th meeting and the potential impact yesterday’s closing (and future closings) may have on the April Spring Break,” Mohre’s statement read. “Most certainly, the weather conditions over the next three and a half weeks will be considered as part of the Board’s discussion.”

Mohre also clarified that Monday, Feb. 17, in which schools are closed in observance of Presidents’ Day will remain as such.

The district’s remaining scheduled closings are April 14 to 18, and May 26 for Memorial Day. June 20 is marked, for now, as the final day of school.

How should the school district make up for inclement weather days? Extend the school year? Take from spring break? Saturday sessions?

LV Common Sense February 07, 2014 at 10:47 AM
I heard there were HVAC issues at Old Farmers this year that caused a late start (not sure whether that is accurate or not), but regardless, I'd like to see two changes: Earlier return to school (week before Labor Day), and an increase in the snow day allotment from 4 to 6 days. If we don't use them, we get out earlier in June. By the end of August, I'm ready for my kids to go back to school, but by mid-June, I'm ready for summer vacation to start. We shouldn't take away holidays during the year because everyone (students and teachers alike) need to recharge. Just my opinion...
Hookerman February 07, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Why cut into spring break (when many people make vacation plans) rather than just taking President' Day back??? That makes no sense!
Terry Gilespie February 07, 2014 at 01:38 PM
President's day should be used.... we are likely to have more snow days.... School is in session to late in June as it is. Teachers, parents and students are mentally done by the beginning of June.
DBA February 07, 2014 at 02:28 PM
I agree. Presendent's Day should be used. We already made plans for Spring Break. But given the last few years maybe more than 4 snow days should be a normal plan.
Liberty February 08, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Presidents' Day is a national holiday, leave it alone.We always started school after Labor Day and finished the end of June. Add the extra day(s) in June. If more snow days are needed, take them from Spring Break.

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