Bets on how they'll handle the missed week of school in the school calendar?

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Registered: 05-18-2005
Bets on how they'll handle the missed week of school in the school calendar?
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Fri, 11-02-2012 - 5:10pm

Last year, they made us scramble to get childcare on several random half days in order to avoid teachers working more than the minimum in their contracts due to the absence of snow days used.  At least we're not going to have that problem this year.  Everyone's guessing whether they will shorten scheduled vacation weeks, end school later, or do some combination.  What's your guess?

Gwen

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Registered: 09-12-2003

In MA teachers cannot work past 6/30. Its in all their contracts, so far we haven't had an issue. We lost 2 days because of Sandy and guessing they will be taking a teacher professional day away in January. they did that the really snowy winter where each snow fall was over 2 feet. We go back before labor day so we get an extra week to play with. Right now if we used all 5 days built into the schedule we still have a week in June to play with. Some other towns in the western part of the state deal with this almost yearly and they have taken away from April vacation and done half days on Saturdays. Here dept of ed will ONLY waive missed days if something comes up in May or June. If its fall or winter they feel the school districts had enough time to figure out how to get the 180 days in. The swine flu year that december we had a major ice storms right before xmas and many towns had to close the week before xmas break. They asked for waivers and dept of ed said no way. Late May early June some schools had to close for teh flu, they were given waivers and the rational given was when the closures happened school schedules were finalized and graduations and final schedules set and as it was they were pushing that 6/30 deadline and we had past April vacation and only so many Saturdays left to make up.

Good luck, my guess is they may wait a bit to see what winter brings...

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Registered: 08-31-2009

We've used up 2 of our 5 'snow' days for this school year (last year we used none).  When we had snowmaggedon in February 2010, we lost like 11 days.  Luckily since it was such an unprecedented event, the entire state got waivers from the Department of Education for the days that ran over.  Most areas will make decisions toward the end of the school year after we get through winter.  Although with global warming and climate change we may need to revisit 'snow' day policies.




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Registered: 09-30-2011

"Last year, they made us scramble to get childcare on several random half days in order to avoid teachers working more than the minimum in their contracts due to the absence of snow days used."

Wow, what a hassle that must have been! That doesn't seem like a very good solution at all. Here in Louisiana, they've done a variety of things to deal with missed hurricane days. Sometimes they will add a day or two to the end of the year, sometimes they'll shorten a holiday break. A teacher told us this year they added 6 minutes to the school day to make up for the few days missed from Hurricane Issac. School is still starting and ending at the same time so I can't figure out where they are getting those 6 minutes from...maybe a shortened lunch time?

Lisa 

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Registered: 07-26-1999

Does your state education agency, or there is a union, have any sort of waivers for things like this as an emergency.  in Texas we have a required number of days in the school year, but they have waivers that the education agency has the authority to grant for things like hurricanes, snow storms, health outbreak, etc.

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