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How is your school district making up its snow days?

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Michiana school districts are figuring out when and where they can make up the eight to ten snow days some districts have.

Concord school districts announced Monday night they were going to add 20 minutes in the morning and 40 minutes at the end of the day to classes until the end of the year. Concord schools conducted a phone survey two weeks ago, asking parents and staff members for feedback.  They asked whether they wanted to add time on to days or tack school days on at the end of the year.  the district says 59% told them they would prefer to add time to the days.

Assistant Superintendent of Concord Community Schools says adding the extra hour each day will help make up for five of the school days, but the district still has three more days to make up. So the three leftover days will be tacked on at the end of the school year. Any additional snow days the district sees from this point forward will also be added on at the end of the year.

Goshen Community Schools have eight days of school to make up, after the state waived two of them. The school district has decided to make up days throughout the year and tacking on some at the end of the school year. Here are the days that Goshen Community Schools will use to make up the missed days of school:

  • Friday, Feb. 14
  • Monday, March 17
  • Wednesday, April 2
  • Thursday, April 3
  • Friday, April 4
  • Wednesday, June 4
  • Thursday, June 5
  • Friday, June 6

Penn-Harris-Madison School District announced Wednesday they will be making up three of their six outstanding days at the end of the year.  That will make the last day of school Friday, June 6.  The remaining three days will be covered with eLearning hours.  "Our teachers will provide students with many opportunities and a variety of ways to use eLearning to make up for the time lost when school was not in session. The schools will be sharing specific information with students and parents," explained Teresa Carroll in a written statement.

South Bend Schools and Mishawaka Schools have decided to tack on days at the end of the school year, instead. "We opted not to add that instructional time at the end of the school day and just make them up at the end of the year," says Sue Coney of the South Bend Community School Corporation. Two snow days were waived by the state, but they're still left with 6 snow days. South Bend felt it best to tack them on at the end of the year. 

Coney says extending the school day wasn't doable with practices and events set in stone after school, but the biggest factor was the amount of time it takes students to learn a lesson. "The instructional time... are you really going to absorb that much information in an additional hour?" she says.

ISTEP testing for grades 3 through 8 have been pushed back one week due to so many missed days in January. The original testing dates were March 3rd - 12th. They now have been rescheduled for March 10th - 21st.

The last day of school for South Bend will be pushed back to June 11th, but fortunately for those graduating, they got a hall pass with graduation still staying the same, the weekend of June 6th.

High School summer school for South Bend schools has also been pushed back from beginning June 12th to June 16th, to account for the extra days at the end of the year.

South Bend Schools say the following dates have NOT been changed:

  • April 7-11: Spring recess
  • April 18: Good Friday
  • May 26: Memorial Day
  • June 6: Clay High School Graduation
  • June 7: Washington High School Graduation
  • June 7: Rise Up Academy Graduation
  • June 7: Riley High School Graduation
  • June 8: Adams High School Graduation
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