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Taking Back Snow Days! Making Up Attendence or Making Up Quality Education?

The MP School District just posted on their website that school will be in session Tuesday, April 15th, Wednesday, April 16th, and Thursday, April 17th (the middle of spring break) to make up for days missed because of the winter weather. You will NOT find the notice front and center on the District Website. You will have to look for it under the "calendar" tab and then find the "adjustments to 2013-2014 calendar" notice. I find this suspiciously interesting. Should you have to "search" for this notice or should it be out front for all to see? Why would it be hidden?

I'm sure many students, their parents, teachers and their families have plans for this spring break period. I understand the days have to be made up because of bad weather. I pose some questions: Will we be making up the days with quality education for the children attending or will we just looking to satisfy mandated school days? Will parents make sure their children attend school on these days? Will teachers and administrators show up as they are expected to or will we see an abnormal amount of substitute teachers these days? Is there any accountability process in place to make sure the teachers that are required to show up do show up? Is there any accountability process in place to make sure those children that do go to school during spring break are given a days worth of quality education? Wouldn't the kids just be better off staying home if they aren't really going to be taught anything worth while? 

I really doubt the kids will learn a lot during these 3 days!

Is it "really for the children" or "really about the numbers"?

Looking forward to your thoughts.

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Captain Howard Hawrey February 28, 2014 at 08:07 PM
District Wide e-mail just went out. I apologize for the hiding the letter comment.
Robin Senholzi March 02, 2014 at 07:13 AM
In the district I worked in, teachers were told when the schedule came out in the beginning of the year NOT to make plans during this time frame involved in the event of snow. If teachers took this time they would be docked pay and lose their jobs. Teachers will be there but many parents don't care and take the kids out anyway. If 50% of the class is missing how do you teach something new especially if one skill builds on another like in math- you have to find a skill that is isolated in itself and can be taught in 3 days
Captain Howard Hawrey March 28, 2014 at 03:09 PM
So due to parental, employee pressure, and the realization that not much would be taught during the "snow day give back" the school will now be closed. My question simply is: How is it that we needed to make up those days a month ago but no longer need to now? Was this a 3 Day February Leap Year??

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