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School officials get creative in making up snow days

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MEDORA, Ind. (WDRB) -- Time is not on the side of some local school districts trying to make up several snow days.

For Medora Community Schools, making up 15 missed days means getting a little creative. The school system already had three snow days built in, and two days are expected to be waived by the state.
"That gets us down to 10," said Superintendent Tom Judd. "I had a discussion with the Teachers Association and we came up with using an hour a day, and avoiding Saturdays and spring vacation."

He says starting Feb. 21, the school day will end at 4:10 p.m., instead of 3:10 p.m. It will last 60 days, getting students the 60 hours they need.

"Either way we go, someone's gonna be upset, but I think it's a good idea. I want my children to get all the education they can," Medora parent Jessica Hessig said.

"It just gives us additional time, whereas, in May and June, for all practical purposes, the kids will say school is over. We won't get as much out of them as we will right now," Judd said.

Like a number of area districts, Greater Clark County Schools did tag a few more days onto the end of the year. Greater Clark students have nine days to make up. In addition to President's Day, Oaks Day also landed on the district's chopping block.

"You have to weigh that versus another day of school in June, and it also comes right at a time around the I-step testing window too. It's just not the most convenient situation now," Greater Clark Co. Schools Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin said.

Both superintendents say the plans work now, unless more snow days and delays roll in.

"We'll see what happens. If we get hit by another big storm here over the course of the next several weeks, then we may have to look to go to another option," Melin said.

"If we don't have to cancel school again, we will end on our original end school date," Judd said.

The Jefferson County school board voted Monday to use two professional development days in February for snow makeup days. That makes Monday, June 9th the last day of school for JCPS.

Makeup and dismissal days for other school districts in our region are as follows:
Bullitt County Schools: Last day is June 6. Makeup days include February 14 and 17. 
North Harrison Community Schools: Makeup days include President's Day, April 18, and May 2.
New Albany Floyd County Schools: Last day is June 2. Makeup days include what was originally scheduled to be intersession--March 31 through April 4--and May 2.
Oldham County Schools: Last day is June 6. Makeup days include President's Day, May 27-30, June 2-6.
Shelby County Schools: Last day is June 4. Makeup days include February 17-18. The remainder were tacked onto the end of the school year.
Scott County District 1 and 2: Decision pending.

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