Making Up Missed School Days; Longer Days, Weekend Classes


DUNMORE — The state senate is trying to help school districts make up days, after a colder and snowier than normal winter.

Dunmore has already added April 17, 21 and may 23 to the school calendar as snow make up days and the state wants to make it easier to add even more.

A bill was passed by the state senate Friday. It allows school districts, hit hard by the winter, to extend school days, and hold class on one Saturday per month.

School districts would have the option of making the changes without applying to the state for permission.

The sponsor of the bill, a state senator from Centre County, says snow days could be made up, without keeping students in the classroom late in to June.

46 senators were there to vote on the bill last week; all 46 said yes.

The bill applies to this school year only, and it has to pass soon for it to have an affect the current school year.

The bill now moves over to the house for consideration but it returns to session on March 31st. Its fate there is uncertain.

12 comments

  • TONI

    I FEEL THAT SINCE WE LIVE IN A STATE THAT HAS A TENDENCY TO SNOW, I FEEL THAT THE KIDS NOR TEACHERS SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER FOR THE WEATHER. THE PARENTS MAKE PLANS FOR THEIR VACATION IN THE SUMMER AND NO PARENT WHO HAS TO WORK ON THE WEEKEND SHOULD HAVE TO WORRY IF THEIR KID IS SAFE IN SCHOOL. THIS IS COMPETE BULL. YOU TOOK BACK THEIR HOLIDAYS DO NOT MAKE THEM SUFFER FOR THIS CRAZY WEATHER

  • Eileen Fisher

    Unless the school is air conditioned, it gets very hot in June. I feel that state of emergency days (which were issued) should be forgiven. End of the year learning is hit and miss. Make up days can be scheduled for teachers to work on curriculum and planning without kids coming in. Most high school dtudents don’t come, only elementary kids sho up

  • Kmichale

    I don’t see what the big deal is. The schools close down in the winter to make sure the kids are she and at home with their parent. When the weathers ugly. So it’s either parents risk kids lives to send them to school or go one Saturday a month? I know what I would choose. I’d rather my kid be safe than in a bus accident.

  • Change

    I think the entire system needs to be changed – let them go to school all year and have a spring & winter break. They are bored in the summer anyway….

    • johnobrien1960

      The schools should just add the amount of missed days to the end of the school year. What’s the big deal if the children+teachers have to stay 1 extra week or so in June? The weather won’t be to hot where they can’t sit in there classroom, remember early+mid June is still typically only in the 60-70 degree range!!

  • the Truth

    How do you saps feel bad for the kids or the teachers? They got plenty of time off and it’s only fair to make it up…. You have two choices 1) Saturday classes or 2) shorter summer, extend classes well into June. If i’m a student I go in on Saturday and have my summer to enjoy… Boohoo, little johnny and Suzzie might get a taste of the real world. Lesson 1. of real world, LIFE SUCKS, DEAL WITH IT. The sooner they learn that rule, the sooner they can accept it and move forward.

    • MisterPL

      If my kids didn’t spend almost a month sitting in class at the end of the year watching videos while teachers babysit them because the almighty PSSAs are over with, I might agree.

      But I’m pretty sure there’s plenty of time in the schedule as it is. The time is simply not being used effectively, something even the ridiculous standardized tests will likely indicate.

  • Justme

    Actually, my daughters school made them go to school on Martin Luther King Jr Day. They also canceled the planned teacher meetings/conference days where the kids were to have half days or a full day off. I would much rather my daughter miss a few days of planned vacation around a holiday than go to school on a bus in 90 degree weather. Also, usually there ARE built in snow days in the year, but as we all know, there were a lot of missed days this school year.

    • Justme

      I however, do not agree with going to school on a Saturday, nor do I agree with making a child sit in school any longer than they already are. Much better to use up some of the other planned days.

  • MisterPL

    No built-in snow days in NEPA. Amazing.

    And they’re willing to take away two days surrounding Easter but they make schools take off Martin Luther King Day. I’m pretty sure Reverend King would prefer schools be closed around Easter than his birthday (which is actually January 15th, not the following Monday).

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