Archive for Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Basehor-Linwood schools adding two class days

February 8, 2011

The Basehor-Linwood School District will add two days of classes to make up for some of the time lost to winter weather over the past month.

The class days added will be Monday, Feb. 14 and Friday, March 18. Both days were previously scheduled to be inservice and work days for teachers.

District administrators made the decision Monday morning to add the two days, superintendent David Howard said.

Students in the district have missed seven days of school since the beginning of January because of the weather. Howard said the district was not forced to add more class time to reach the requirement of 1,116 hours for the year, but administrators decided to add the extra days anyway so that students could better prepare for the state assessment tests coming in March.

Another option would have been to lengthen school days for the rest of the year rather than adding extra days, but that change would probably provide little extra instruction for students, Howard said.

“We just didn't see any value in it,” he said.

Howard said administrators asked for input from the school board and from teachers before making the decision. The teachers, he said, supported the plan even though giving up those two work days would force them to do more grading and other work on their own time.

“It was a very selfless act from our teachers,” Howard said.

Parents who had called the district had also been supportive of the added days, he said. He said that if families had previously scheduled plans for those two days, they could report their children as absent as usual.

“We know it's short notice for parents,” Howard said.

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