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JCPS calendar committee makes "makeup day" recommendations

Posted: Updated: Feb 3, 2014 11:33 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- JCPS closed schools for a seventh day so far this year on Monday.

The JCPS calendar committee has recommended that Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 be makeup days, with school in regular session on both days.

If that recommendation is approved by the full school board on Feb. 10, and there are no more snow days, the school year would end on June 5.  However, any further snow days would be added to the end of the year, the recommendation says.

JCPS students have attended class for only three, full, five-day weeks since Thanksgiving.

Holidays and six snow days have pockmarked the calendar.

Thoughts of more visits from the "polar vortex" cold and snowy weather systems are scary.

"It's hurting the kids' concentration," said parent Kathy Toebbe, the district six representative to the calendar committee.  "They need consistent learning to keep their thoughts up, to keep learning continually."

Consistent, daily instruction is a priority for district seven school board member Chris Brady, who attended the calendar meeting Monday as a spectator.  He acknowledged scheduling class Feb. 24 and 25 could conflict with some parents' previously scheduled travel plans.

"It's a no win situation either way.  But in the long run you look for what's right for the students first," Brady said. "They made these decisions on good faith the system wouldn't change these days off."

Brady said students now will have a full week at school just before mandatory state testing the first week of March.

Schools will be asked to be flexible with parents about the schedule changes, said Michael Raisor, the JCPS Chief Operating Officer.

"We've given ourselves one more cushion day, by doing this if the recommendation is adopted, and so we would have June 6th, the Friday to use.  But beyond that we would be pushing that into the next week of June," Raisor said.

The committee members include parents, teachers, transportation workers and maintenance crews -- more than 40 people with a vested interest in the school calendar.

The calendar committee members said no to school on Saturdays or on Oaks Day because of low attendance by students -- and teachers and staff often work second jobs those days.

It said no to school on primary election day because many schools are polling places.  The group also rejected an initial suggestion of ending the school year on June 9.

So far this school year, JCPS has accumulated six snow days and three delay days -- the most since the 2008-09 school year, when it closed for 10 days due to wind and ice storms.

Latest makeup days, subject to approval:  Feb. 24 & 25.  

Latest end to school year, subject to approval and no more snow days:  June 5.

Snow days in 2013-2014 so far:  Dec. 6, Dec. 10, Jan. 6, Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 3.  (JCPS has had three delays in starting school days so far.  Another delay might need a makeup, Raisor said.)

Date of school board meeting to consider calendar recommendations: Feb. 10.

www.jcpsky.net home page has links to the current calendar and makeup days already scheduled and approved.

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