Elkhart Community Schools extends school year a week

The 2013-14 school year will have six make-up days, and students will not be dismissed early on Wednesdays starting April 16.

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.

ELKHART — The last day of classes for Elkhart Community Schools will be on Friday, June 6, this year, according to a press release from the school district. That's six more days than the original May 29 end date.

Weather conditions earlier this year caused Elkhart Community Schools to cancel 12 days of school. Three days are being made up in March, April and May. Two days were waived by the state of Indiana.

The remaining day is covered by doing away with a chunk of professional development time. Schools will not dismiss students 45 minutes early on Wednesdays after April 16. That time is currently used for teacher collaboration and training.

"We considered that our students and families may have summer obligations. In addition, our robust summer school programming is used by high school students to acquire additional credits. Extension of the school year by another day would compromise our summer term," Superintendent Rob Haworth said in the press release.

Here are the days Elkhart missed this winter and how they will be made up:

Jan. 6 — March 24

Jan. 7 — April 18

Jan. 8 — May 9

Jan. 23 — waived

Jan. 24 — waived

Jan. 27 — May 30

Jan. 28 — June 2

Jan. 29 — June 3

Feb. 5 — June 4

Feb. 7 — June 5

Feb. 27 — June 6

March 12 — Eight 45 minute time periods on Wednesdays (formerly planned for teacher development time)

Elkhart Truth reporter Lydia Sheaks contributed to this report.

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