Thursday, February 11, 2010

Do We Have To Make Up Snow Days?

I know many people are wondering whether or not students will have to make up all of the days missed because of the 2 rounds of snow we received in the past week. A recent posting on Facebook by one of my friends who is a teacher in another school district shines a little light on the topic:
The PA State Education Association told Channel 11 these missed school days may not have to be made up since Pennsylvania is in a state of emergency, but the emergency declaration does not automatically qualify districts for forgiveness of days. Each Superintendent in Pennsylvania must write a specific letter about their district's situation and that is sent to the Department of Education who makes the determination.

The school district's web site has the following information posted:
A final decision about snow make-up days has not been made. Parents will be notified once details are available.

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Blogger Matthew said...

I'm not sure why there is all of this complaining about making up snow days. Don't parents want their kids to get the education they deserve?

February 11, 2010 8:39 PM  
Blogger Marjie said...

Some parents weren't happy with the schools being closed all week while others agreed. Some will complain about make up days and some won't. Can't please everyone all the time I suppose.

I got my e-mail from The Super and I feel for him. You can sense the number of complaints, commentary and opinion the man had to field this week. I think he made the right call(s). I was able to drive around a bit and Virginia Manor and other areas looked like they had been hit by a bomb with wires down and trees or large limbs down and/or hanging precariously just waiting to fall further. Not safe for walking kids.

February 11, 2010 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Matt Hausmann said...

Clearly a bit of a lose/lose situation for the Superintendent.

While I don't agree with the constant 2 hour delays in this district (toughen up people), I do think that this was an extraordinary week. For anyone that questions his judgment simply try walking down Washington Road from Uptown to Mt. Lebanon Blvd. A number of residents have yet to clear their sidewalks....or they did it once last weekend and have let it go since. Given the number of students that use Washington Road sidewalks to get to school it is NOT a safe situation. So though your own street may be fine, you need to look at the town as a whole.

That said, my kids are REALLY looking forward to being back in school!

February 12, 2010 9:57 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I'm not saying that the kids should have been in school, I'm saying that since they weren't they need to make up the days.

February 13, 2010 12:39 AM  

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