ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools hoped to avoid using waivers from the state for missed school days earlier this month, but more weather-related cancellations has changed that.
When students had only missed three days of school earlier in the month, the district announced that it would use the three makeup days already planned into the school's regular calendar. It was the only local district to make an announcement about avoiding the use of state waivers. Elkhart cited a need to get students the full 180 days of instruction required by the state.
"We saw no reason not to go forward (with the three makeup days)," Shawn Hannon, spokesperson for Elkhart Community Schools, said on Friday, Jan. 31.
But now students at Elkhart Community Schools have missed a total of eight school days in January -- causing the district to not only apply for the state waivers for two days, but also to extend the school year into the first few days of June.
Elkhart isn't alone in this decision — most other school districts in the county have announced similar plans.
Elkhart's makeup days will be March 24, April 18, May 9, May 30, June 2, and June 3.
Hannon noted Friday that the district has a historically high number of makeup days this year, but winter isn't over yet.
Goshen Community Schools announced on Friday, Jan. 31 that its makeup days will be Feb. 14, March 17, April 2, June 4, June 5, and June 6.