The school year is not over just yet for DD2 schools – two half days have been added to the school schedule to make up for the days lost from Ice Storms Pax and Leon.
May 30 will be half day, as well June 2 and 3 (a Monday and Tuesday, respectively).
Superintendent Joseph Pye said these make-up days come after a “state of confusion” districts across the state have endured since the ice storms. DD2 lost a total of five days from the ice storms. School districts are required to build three snow days into their calendars when such situations occur.
In March DD2 managed to make up one of those missed school days by turning a Teacher Work Day into a full day of classes and stretching two half days to equal another full day of instruction. Also in March, the state senate passed a bill “forgiving” up to five days of classes cancelled.
After speaking to the state accreditation office Pye learned that the state law indicates children must attend 188 days per calendar year – school must be open that many days. June 2-4 were already reserved in DD2’s calendar as inclement weather make-up days.
As far as Pye is concerned the school year is already over. Seniors will be graduating May 31 so they will “definitely be finished.”
June 3 is the official last day for teachers and students. The dismissal schedule for the last three days of school will be 9:30 a.m. for Givhans Alternative Program, 10:30 a.m. for elementary schools, 11:30 a.m. for high schools, 12:30 p.m. for middle schools and 12 noon for Rollings Middle School of the Arts.
Pye figures attendance on those last half-days will be “quite low.”
“But we will have to comply,” he said. “Principals: make sure you work with every parent who might have a problem or concern.”
Parents are receiving a letter from the district on the matter.