After one of the harshest winters in decades, some local school districts are building more snow days into future calendars.
This school year, Greenwood schools had four snow days built into its calendar, and Franklin had five. Those were days students were set to have off school but would be kept in classes if other days were canceled because of severe weather.
Next school year, Greenwood will have at least five snow days built into the calendar, and Franklin has made seven snow days a part of the schedule.
Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson had two snow days scheduled earlier this school year in January and February and plans to add other days missed to the end of the school year.
The school district already has snow days built into next school year’s schedule for December, January and February, and the school board is considered adding two snow days in April at the end of spring break.
Local school districts canceled school from five to seven times this winter because of severe snow and bitter cold, and students missed the equivalent of seven to 10 days because of late starts.
The Indiana Department of Education waived two of the days school districts canceled, meaning students didn’t need to make them up.
But some school districts that didn’t have enough snow days built into their calendars had to change their schedules this school year to make sure students had enough time to make up all the days they’d missed.
Center Grove and Clark-Pleasant schools both extended the school day for students by between 20 and 40 minutes. Next school year, Center Grove will have two snow days built into the calendar, just as it did this school year.
Clark-Pleasant has one snow day built into next year’s calendar. After that, any days missed will be made up at the end of the school year.
Built in days
Here are the number of snow days school districts had built into their calendars for the current school year, and those scheduled for 2014-15:
This year: Two days
Next year: Two days
This year: Three days
Next year: One day in February; additional days will be made up at the end of the year
This year: Seven days, including five days from spring break
Next year: Seven days, including five days from spring break
This year: Five days
Next year: Seven days
This year: Four days
Next year: Five days
This year: Seven days, including five days at the end of the school year
Next year: Four days are scheduled now; the school board is considering adding two more