Our school district exceeded it's allowed calamity days by 5 days so far this year (weather). The state tried to pass an exemption for this year only and up the allowable days so that there would be no time to make up. It did not pass. I agree with this. Why have a set limit if you're just going to change it to fit the situation?
Saturday morning the school board decided on a plan to make these days up. Starting Wednesday all of the elementary schools, the middle school and the high school will have their days extended by half an hour for the remainder of the year. There was virtually no forewarning to the parents that this meeting/vote was taking place early that morning, we found out by email that afternoon what the plan was and by phone about 5 minutes ago.
There are a number of reasons this is plain stupid. First, imagine the childcare nightmare parents are scrambling to figure out. Then consider all of the high schoolers who have jobs after school. etc...
Seems to me they are just keeping bodies in the school with no benefits to the students. They get what, an extra 4 minutes per day per class? If they had added the days back into the calendar the children would get in those lesson plans they missed.
Obviously I'm disgusted here and quite frankly, to me, they still aren't meeting the minimum DAYS that are mandated. This is the first time our district has disappointed me, I feel they really dropped the ball here.
What do you think about this plan? How would you like to see your school district handle such a situation?