School officials weighing options for make-up days


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- As the snow days keep adding up, school districts are getting creative when it comes to make up days.

All options are being considered, including holidays, professional planning days and even longer school days.

Some parents are becoming frustrated with excessive amounts of snow days.
“I’m like, man, just go to school," says one parent.

JCPS has already missed seven days.  The board will vote on Monday whether to use professional work days, February 24th and 25th, as makeup days.

If approved, the last day would be June 6th.

In Indiana, the Department of Education is discussing adding an hour on to the school day. The extra hour tacked on to 6 days of school will make up for one day. It's an option that parents are split on.
“I think it would probably work out with schedules, arranging to drop off and pick up. I don't think it's a bad thing. That way it wouldn't cut into the summer," said Andrea Roller, a parent
"The fact that my wife and I both work jobs and don't have floating, flexible schedules, it would make things that much more chaotic," said another parent, Rob Baker.
Also on the table in Indiana is to have online classes on Saturday. The details still have to be approved by the department and if agreed upon would be a local school choice.

West Clark School officials have said they will not add additional hours to the day.

For Erin Baker, who has a special needs child, longer days or extra days are not a viable choice.

"As a mother of an autistic son, no,” she said. “The snow days have already caused him to have issues at school and at home.”
In Bullitt County, schools were closed today while other surrounding school districts were open, increasing the total missed days to 12.  The last day of school in Bullitt Co. is set for June 9.