Make-up plan spares Saturdays

Published 10:21 pm Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Suffolk Public Schools superintendent will propose changing the three early dismissal days before summer break to full days to avoid scheduling any Saturday snow make-up days, the school district’s spokeswoman says.

According to Bethanne Bradshaw, Deran Whitney will present his plan to School Board members at their March 13 meeting.

Instead of sending students to school on any Saturdays, June 11, 12 and 13, which are currently scheduled as early dismissal days, would become full school days.

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“Early dismissal days at the end of each semester correspond with middle and high school exams, and allow teachers the clerical time they need to complete mid-term and year-end grades,” Bradshaw stated in an email, explaining why the three days were set for early dismissal in the first place.

After schools closed Monday and Tuesday following Suffolk’s fourth snow event this winter, the city’s public school students have now missed eight days of school this year, two of which still require make-up days to be determined, according to Bradshaw.

Bradshaw stated that while extra instructional hours in the school schedule negated the need to make up two of the eight snow days, make-up days for the next four have been determined:

Feb. 7 was altered from an early dismissal for parent-teacher conferences to a full day; Feb. 17 — President’s Day — became a full day; Tuesday had also been set as a full day, after a staff professional development day was canceled, but now Monday’s sleet and snow has made this the eighth day requiring a make-up; and Memorial Day — Monday, May 26 — is scheduled to be a full school day.