We have received many questions about how the district is going to make up the recent snow days. Some people have correctly noted the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction will accept waiver applications for some of the recent snow days.
This is only part of the equation, as the Basic Education Act also requires a number of minimal instructional hours, which cannot be waived. This means the solution to making up lost days may result in a combination of adding days at the end of the school year and adjusting other days during the year. Once we are completely through the winter season, and all of the weather impacts are behind us, we will be able to determine the full extent of adjustments needed.
It is important to understand that our current school calendar was set in partnership with our labor unions through the collective bargaining process and approved by the School Board. Any changes to the current vacation dates (other than summer break) requires action from the School Board and approval from all of our labor unions. No changes will be made to the current calendar without taking these steps.
The current approved calendar includes June 18, 19, 20, & 21 as scheduled snow make up days. The School Board will determine if they are going to apply for any waiver days to adjust the schedule for any additional makeup days beyond that, as allowed by state law. It is also important to know that even if we are granted waiver days, this only applies to students. Staff will still need to make up the contractual days.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through the impacts of this unprecedented weather!