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February 13, 2014

Indiana schools get options for making up lost snow days

Tanoos says Vigo schools still sorting possibilities

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana schools won’t get a free pass for the mounting number of days lost to weather cancellations this winter. But they will have some flexibility as they figure out how to make up the time.

The state Department of Education said on Thursday that schools can reschedule holidays, hold classes on Saturdays or extend the school year without seeking a state waiver. They also can extend the school day and seek a conditional waiver when they’ve made up the equivalent of one day of instruction.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced the options in a news release, saying many superintendents she’d spoken with had asked for flexibility in scheduling instructional time.

Indiana requires schools to provide 180 days of instruction or lose funding for each missed day, Department of Education spokesman Daniel Altman said.

The state has already offered unconditional waivers for two days missed in January because of extremely cold temperatures. Even with those waivers, many school districts expect to extend classes into June after harsh conditions in January forced some schools to close for a week straight.

Superintendent Dan Tanoos told the Tribune-Star that the Vigo County School Corp. is still evaluating its options and seeking feedback from staff, the school board and the public. He said he would use his Twitter account to seek public input.

The Vigo district could add days at the end of the school year, add time to during regular school days or a combination of the two. Currently, the district would have to add three days at the end of the year if that is the option chosen, which means the last day of classes would be June 10.

Tanoos said he does have concerns that adding time to the end of a regular school day could hurt students who have after-school jobs — including some students who must provide for families — and for athletes who have practice or events after school.

“We have to really think about those things,” he said.

Earlier this week, during a School Board meeting, Tanoos said the school district does not intend to use Saturdays, Presidents Day or spring break. Also, he doesn’t view the Internet as an option because many students don’t have access to it at home.

“We’re working on a plan. We don’t want to make it too early because we may have more snow days,” Tanoos said Monday. Once a plan is finalized, the community will be informed, he said.

Tribune-Star staff writer Sue Loughlin contributed to this report.

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