Janesville School Board will consider options to make up snow days

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Nick Crow
Friday, January 24, 2014

JANESVILLE — The Janesville School Board will consider rescheduling teacher training to avoid students attending class on a Saturday in June to make up snow days.

The district already has lost two school days this year to inclement weather and needs to have a plan for additional make-up days in the event of another cancellation.

In a memo, Mary Ann Kahl, assistant director of administrative and human services, recommends teacher work days scheduled for Friday, June 6, and Monday, June 9, be moved to Monday, June 9, and Tuesday, June 10, so classes could be held Friday, June 6, to avoid class Saturday, June 7, if additional days are needed.

The school board will consider the proposal Tuesday night.

"A Saturday make-up day(s) would require the district to have a full staff available at all school sites including custodial, maintenance and food service in addition to teaching and instructional support staff," Kahl wrote. "This would put some employees at overtime pay.

"In addition, regular bus routes would need to be arranged with possible added costs, and buildings would be open and operating at full utility use. It would be prudent to consider an alternative to Saturday student attendance for inclement weather make-up days given the cost related concerns stated above," she wrote.

The district used its first inclement weather day Jan. 6 and its second Jan. 7. With below zero temperatures again expected next week, another day off is possible.

The last day of school is scheduled for Thursday, June 5. It would move to Friday, June 6, if another day is missed.

Kahl wrote that in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years, the district cancelled school four times for inclement weather. Both years, the district held school on two Saturdays to make up the lost days.

High school graduates would not be affected, but senior exam schedules would need to be altered if make-up days are added. Summer school would also have to be pushed back.

"The recommended plan for adding additional make-up days for the 2013-2014 school year is to move the last day of school to Friday, June 6, and adjust the teacher work days ...," Kahl wrote.

She suggested that if students miss a fourth day, the district move the last day to Monday, June 9, and have the teachers' work day Tuesday, June 10. Their optional work day would then be Saturday, June 7.

"This recommendation has the least effect on summer school start and eliminates most of the concerns associated with holding Saturday student attendance," Kahl wrote.

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