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Board, superintendent to decide on makeup days
by Bill Baldowski
February 26, 2014 04:56 PM | 1081 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Douglas County School Superintendent Gordon Pritz said Monday he would confer with the board on how the school system would handle student makeup days and employee days, which are two different issues.

Pritz said he is appreciative the state board of education has approved a resolution allowing local school boards and superintendents the flexibility to decide how they would like to handle the days that have been missed.

He said the half days that were scheduled for today and March 26 are now full days for students.

This is being done in an effort to restore some of the instructional time lost due to the inclement weather.

Douglas County School System spokeswoman Karen Stroud said that during and immediately after the storms in January and February, some Douglas County teachers stayed in contact through the computer with their students regarding lessons.

She said that in terms of actual classroom instruction time, Douglas County already goes beyond the number of minutes of classroom instruction during the school year as mandated by the state board of education.

“Douglas County still has a 180-day school calendar,” she said.

“Because of our having that 180-day school calendar while some other school districts have shorter school calendars, making up weather-related lost days of school instruction could be more critical for them.”

When the Jan. 28 snow and ice storm struck, Douglas County students were in school through the early part of the day.

However, the county announced it was canceling classes the day before the Feb. 11 through 13 storms struck.

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