ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools said on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 22, that it would not take snow day waivers offered by the state department of education for the three days school was canceled earlier this month.
On Jan. 6, the education department said that Indiana schools would be given a waiver from the required 180 days of instruction for Jan. 6 and Jan. 7. Many schools in the state were canceled those days because of historically low temperatures.
Superintendent Rob Haworth said in a statement Wednesday that “the most important part of our calendar is providing students with 180 days of instruction.”
Haworth said that the school corporation had three possible makeup days built into this year’s calendar: March 24, April 18 and May 9.
School will be in session those three days to make up for the three days school was canceled after a major snowstorm hit the area in early January.
“We wanted to get it out there so that as parents plan, with child care and things, they knew definitely that students would be in school those days,” Shawn Hannon, Elkhart schools spokeswoman, said Wednesday.
She added that the school corporation has allowed for up to three makeup days in its regular calendar for some time. But the corporation has not had to extend the school year to allow for more makeup days in the last decade, she said.
If any more days are cancelled this year due to weather, the corporation will look at ways to make that time up while still completing the school year by June 1, according to a statement from the school.
“We understand that our district’s families use the school calendar to plan special events and family vacations, so it is important that we do everything possible to conclude the school year on time while still providing 180 days of instruction,” Haworth said.