30 minutes – Decatur BOE makes time for weather
Decatur’s School Board has decided to extend each school day by 30 minutes beginning March 1 to make up for time lost due to winter weather.
The board unanimously approved the proposal this morning. The school board meeting was rescheduled to Friday from Tuesday due to severe winter weather. The extra 30 minutes, which will be tacked on to the end of each day, will allow the school system to make up for school days lost due to cancelations.
Update: More details on the plan from the CSD Facebook page:
The Board of Education approved for the system to move forward with developing a plan to add 30 minutes to the school day to make up 3 of the 8 days missed due to inclement weather. Make up days were previously scheduled for 2 of the missed days (March 10 and May 29). The Board also approved for 3 days to be “forgiven” under the 4 days allowed by state law. Staff members are working on details of the plan for the additional 30 minutes and will communicate the plan next week.
City Schools of Decatur has closed for three different weather related events since the first of the year.
Superintendent Phyllis Edwards said it’s also a chance to see how parents and students feel about a longer school day.
“As we see how it goes, it might be something we can bring back to people to see how they feel about it,” Edwards said.