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March 8, 2014

Different strokes for schools to make up days lost to snow

All of the school systems in Daviess County had snow days built into their school calendars when the year began, but a cold and snowy winter has all of them trying to make days up.

Earlier this year the Indiana Department of Education gave waivers for two missed days and then later gave schools the option to make-up missed days by adding them to the end of the year, going to class on Saturday or extending school days to make up for lost instructional time. Barr-Reeve, North Daviess and Washington all have taken slightly different approaches to completing their school calendars.

Barr-Reeve decided to add the days to the end of the school year.

“We’re keeping a regular schedule for our school days,” said Superintendent Travis Madison. “When the DOE presented its options I talked with some of the other superintendents in the area, and then began consulting with our building administrators and staff. We respect their opinions and felt this would be the best way to handle the lost days.”

The rural nature of the Barr-Reeve school district added to the reasoning behind the decision. “We have some kids already that are on the bus for one and one half to two hours,” said Madison. “Those kids are already facing some very long days.”

At North Daviess school officials have gone with extended days by adding instructional time to the end of the day. Those extended days will stop after April 4.

“We felt this would only disrupt the families of the kids once a day,” said North Daviess School Superintendent Robert Bell. “We also looked at some of our extra-curricular activities and realized that all of our spring programs would be in full swing by April 7. Running a longer day after that would create a lot of scheduling problems. We added one more day at the end of the year and now will have school on May 27.”

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