Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 21, 2014

School makeup days debated

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Of the alternatives Ritz offered, Roberts noted BCSC doesn’t have e-learning in grades K-12 yet. “We will be (ready) next year.”

He was pessimistic about how much students would learn on Saturdays. “I don’t think we have to get weird with time or Saturdays.” He observed that IHSAA-sanctioned tournaments might conflict with Saturday makeup dates. Trustee Cindy Blessing maintained, “Our kids are not accustomed to that and I think there’s a point where they shut down” and quit learning.

Of going to school an hour longer on certain days, the administrator said, “We have a lot of things that happen at 3:30,” such as a musical rehearsal for 90 and athletes practicing various sports. Extending the school day would “complicate all those things that are already scheduled.”

Ritz recently called Roberts. “She noticed that we had planned pretty well for this year” as far as makeup days are concerned. “Many if not most school systems have not.”

“Not this year, but in the future, we might look at the way we allocate the day” to prepare for ISTEP if many days are missed. Specific ISTEP subjects might have to be emphasized while other classes are postponed until after testing. Trustee Dr. Steve Stein suggested, “If you wish to put more time into the subjects that are going to be tested, that could be part of an extended day.”

Attendee Mary Rogers reported that another school district guarantees the first week of spring break off. If makeup days are needed, they start at the end of spring break’s second week and go backward. Roberts promised to get some absence rate data from other superintendents. “What seemed to work?”

The superintendent said he welcomes ideas about how to make up time when weather calls off school.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at debbie.blank@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

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