2014-01-29 / Front Page

Winter weather uses up snow days

by Kate Evans

Snow and below-zero wind chill factors have caused 10 days of closings for Morgan County Schools so far this school year. Five of these closures occurred in the last eight days.

Schools were closed on December 9 and 10 and January 3, 7, 10, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 28.

This year’s school calendar has eight non-instructional days set aside at the end of the school year that can be rescheduled as snow make-up days, said School Treasurer Nancy White.

School Superintendent David Banks will officially reschedule these eight days after March 1. No additional days beyond those eight days can be made up this school year.

Lost instructional days

Beginning with Friday, January 24, the schools started to lose instructional days due to the inclement weather closings, White said. As of yesterday, they are at 178 days of instruction. From here out, any forced school closings will be additional days of instruction lost, she noted.

There have been other years when the school system exceeded their eight snow make-up days with school inclement weather closings and lost days of instruction.

Next year different

Under Senate Bill 359 and the new West Virginia Board of Education school calendar policy 3234, county school boards are required to provide 180 days of instruction in the 2014-2015 school year.

Next school year all cancelled instructional days must be made up and rescheduled using either available noninstructional days or out-ofcalendar days. Any two-hour delays or early dismissals will have to be made-up as well, White said.

School districts must set a policy to make up any lost instructional time from early dismissals or arrival delays due to inclement weather or school closings due to weather or other emergencies.

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