ELNORA — Students attending North Daviess Community Schools will have a longer school day beginning next week after the school board voted to extend the school day rather than make up days after graduation and Memorial Day. Students will attend classes for one hour longer than usual from Feb. 24 until April 3. Students will also be in class on Good Friday.
As of Tuesday, the corporation has missed 10 full days of school due to inclement weather and school has operated on a 2-hour delay nine times. Two one hour early dismissals have also cut time in the classroom.
“Of the 10 days we missed, we had two days waived and three built into the calendar,” said Superintendent Robert Bell. “If we use Good Friday, that leaves us four days to make up and puts us out on May 30, one week past graduation.”
Bell said the snow days and delays had taken approximately 3,500 minutes of instructional time away from elementary students and approximately 575 minutes of instructional time per class period away from junior high and high school students.
“Every day, for one hour each day for six days would equal one make up day,” said Bell. “This opened up the opportunity to discuss various choices to make up days or more importantly, lost instructional time.”
In a survey of other schools in southwest Indiana, Bell said that two are moving graduation, five are having seniors return after graduation, six are extending the school day and two are making up days on Saturdays.
Teachers and parents were surveyed on the options and 302 voters chose to do 24 extended days rather than days after Memorial Day or the hybrid option of 12 extended days with two full days after Memorial Day.
“There are pros and cons for whatever method is chosen to make up lost instructional time,” said Bell.