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Saturday school attendance down

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Gazette Staff
May 4, 2008
— It’s been a school year for the history books, and most students can safely say they survived.

Yesterday was the second of two Saturday sessions for the Janesville School District to make up two of its four snow days this winter. A third day will be made up at the end of the school year, and a fourth was built into the schedule.


Overall attendance reached 68.4 percent, compared to 93.8 percent on a normal day, said Steve Johnson, director of human and administrative resources. But yesterday’s numbers are down compared to 74.4 percent on the first Saturday session April 13.


Johnson said despite the dip in attendance, the district is pleased that many parents saw a need for their children to come to school yesterday.


High school and middle school students attended for two hours in the morning, while elementary students went for 5.5 hours. Students at each school did something different, but the main focus was to do “something educational or instructional to increase the learning of students,” Johnson said.


Looking back on the experience, Johnson said holding classes on Saturday wasn’t too bad.


“But we wouldn’t want to do it all the time,” he said with a laugh.



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