Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How to make up for days lost to snow

According to Bill Torque at the Post DCPS is considering a number of options to make up for school days lost to the recent snow storms; including extending the school day.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Calloway said no decisions have been made, but that stretching the school day -- which currently runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. -- might be part of the make-up schedule DCPS is expected to release next week. Calloway said the District was "considering all options including converting non-student days into instructional days and adding time to the school day."

Calloway said the District is also in discussions with D.C. State Superintendent of Education Kerri Briggs about adjusting the administration of the DC-CAS standardized tests, now set for the last two weeks of April.

Adding time to the school day would require clearing several hurdles, including union cooperation and rearranging transportation for special education students. If officials decided to extend the end of the day, afterschool activities would also have to be adjusted.

DCPS already has two days on its 182-day calendar set aside to make up for lost time -- June 21 and 22 -- the Monday and Tuesday after the last scheduled day of classes. Using those would be about as popular as a root canal, and teachers often say that the deeper into June the school year goes, the less productive it becomes.

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