What are your thoughts on extending the school day to make up for snow days?

Reblogged from NewsWorks:

Pa. school districts can make up snow days in 20-minute installments

The string of winter storms this year has prompted school closures across Pennsylvania. While school districts won’t see teaching time requirements relaxed, they will be able to apply for some wiggle room.

The state Department of Education is sending reminders to school districts that they are allowed some flexibility in meeting instructional time requirements under state law.

Schools have to stay open at least 180 days a year, but they can apply to have the time calculated by hours.

In years heavy with inclement weather, it’s useful for schools looking to meet state requirements but not continuing to add make-up days to the end of the school year.

With permission from the education department, districts can add 20 minutes to school days or convert scheduled half-days into full days.

Students don’t need to worry about coming in on Saturdays.

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What are your thoughts on extending the school day to make up for snow days?

3 thoughts on “What are your thoughts on extending the school day to make up for snow days?

  1. I’m not sure I see how 20 minutes converts to a whole day of classes missed. This seems to me to be meeting the spirit of the requirement without adding value for the student. On the other hand, converting half days to full days I think is a good idea because you can actually get full periods of each class in in that time frame.

  2. Isn’t it a fact that many of the countries whose students are, achievement-wise, eating our own kids’ lunches don’t even have summer vacations…or if they do, that they are only a few weeks long rather than a few months? And isn’t it also true that students in these same countries have longer school days year-round? In that context, the matter of snow days and how to make them up seems somewhat beside the point.

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