Some students make up fewer snow days this year

Schools across northeast Indiana are adding days to the end of the year because they had too many snow days.

Posted: Feb 21, 2019 10:38 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2019 8:50 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Schools across northeast Indiana are adding days to the end of the year because they had too many snow days.

However, not every one of those snow days is being made up.

"We want kids to be in school if they can, but at the same time, when conditions aren't good out there then we need to cancel," said FWCS spokeswoman Krista Stockman.

Fort Wayne Community Schools missed seven days, with most make-up days scheduled in the school calendar.

Still the district needs to add more days at the end of the school year, but FWCS is applying for a wavier to only make up some of those days.

"After five days, we will only have to make up one day for every two closures," said Stockman.

That means less instruction time for students.

Stockman said that's not what hurts the learning process, it's the closures in the middle of the week like Wednesday.

"Anybody who takes a day off in the middle of the week and then goes back to work the next day, you kind of feel like it's Monday all over again," she said.

Many schools in the area are using e-learning days when they close, meaning those days don't need to be made up because kids are still learning.

Southwest Allen County Schools and East Allen County Schools use e-learning to make up days.

EACS spokeswoman, Tamyra Kelly, told FOX 55 in an email it uses that option to keep the momentum.

Stockman said students really aren't at a disadvantage by having fewer days of school.

"What is done through e-learning is not necessarily new learning for the students. It's a lot of review," Stockman said.

FWCS doesn't use e-learning to make up days because not every student has internet access at home.

At the time of this publication, Fort Wayne Community Schools' last day is June 3.

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