GOSHEN — Goshen students are getting cheated out of two days of spring break, and there's no one to blame but Mother Nature.
Goshen Community Schools announced a new list of makeup days on Thursday morning, Feb. 13. Those days are: Feb. 14, March 17, April 2, April 3, April 4, June 4, June 5 and June 6.
According to the district's original calendar, spring break was supposed to be April 2-11. Now students will have to be in school for Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3.
The district asked for understanding from parents and students in a statement about the makeup days.
The decision to use part of spring break to make up missed days came after "much discussion," the school said.
"There were suggestions to use President’s Day and/or Good Friday as make-up days. These are not available due to contract obligations," the announcement said.
The district also reminded parents that "there really are not many great options that remain" when it comes to getting students through the rest of year after so many weather-related cancellations.
Other local school districts plan to keep tacking days onto the end of the school year to make up for lost time.
Elkhart Community Schools spokesperson Shawn Hannon confirmed on Thursday that the district will use the three makeup days available on the 2013-14 calendar. Those days are March 24, April 18, and May 9.
All other makeup days will be added to the end of the school year, Hannon said. The last day of school was supposed to be May 29 according to the calendar, but Elkhart students will now be attending school into June.
Concord's current makeup plan has students going to school until June 10. Concord's last day of school was also supposed to be May 29.
The state department of education announced Thursday afternoon that schools have new options when it comes to making up missed days.
The options include:
- Have school on Saturdays
- Add days to the end of the school year
- Add an hour on to the end of each school day until the time is made up
Middlebury Community Schools Superintendent Jane Allen said adding time on to the typical school day would be beneficial, in some ways. A longer day, she said, would give teachers more time to prepare students for testing.
"But in another way, it would be a complete disruption to everything," Allen said on Thursday, citing potential issues like child care and transportation.
Middlebury had set makeup days until June 6, but Allen said that since then the district has racked up one more canceled day.
The goal, she said, is to finish school "at least" by the end of the first week of June. Administrators and teachers are in the midst of discussions about how exactly to do that.
Fairfield Community Schools Superintendent Steve Thalheimer said, too, that discussions are going on about how to make up the time.
"Nothing is solid as of now," he said on Thursday afternoon.
Wa-Nee’s plan to make up missed days takes the school year to June 3. Students will be in school on Feb. 17, April 18, May 28, May 29, May 30, June 2, and June 3. The school year was supposed to end on May 27.
Jim DuBois, superintendent of Baugo Community Schools, said the district will make up all snow days at the end of the school year. The last day of school, after all the makeup days are completed, will be June 10.