Gloucester board adopts plan to make up missed snow days
The Gloucester County School Board added Wednesday, June 10 to the 2014-2015 school calendar and 15 minutes to each school day from now through the end of the year to make up for missed snow days during a special meeting held last Thursday at the T.C. Walker Education Center.
The 15 minutes will be added by starting the school day 10 minutes earlier and dismissing students five minutes later at all eight county schools. The plan to make up instructional time was approved in a 5-0 vote, with board members Randy Burak and Kim Hensley absent.
“We feel this is the best recommendation at this time,” said school division superintendent Walter Clemons. Students missed eight days of classes due to snow in February, started school two hours late on three days and had one early dismissal.
Board vice chairman Charles Records asked if adding more time to the days, rather than requiring attendance on June 10, would be more beneficial for instructional purposes.
The school officials said June 10 could be beneficial for testing re-takes and remediation, and if students did not attend on June 10 they would have to add 20 minutes to the school day. Clemons also noted that June 10 was already listed on the school calendar as a potential make-up day.
“If we could get ourselves back to 180 days we wouldn’t have this issue,” Records said. The school division reduced the number of instructional days due to budget constraints and currently has a 170-day calendar. A 170-day calendar has also been approved for the 2015-2016 school session.