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Snow Days (December 2014 School Leader Update)

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For schools and districts that are operating a school calendar based on 180 days this year, remember that you are not allowed to add hours and minutes onto the school day in order to make up for snow days. There is no authority in the law which would allow this. Nor do we have the authority to approve a waiver of the law. Any changes to this law would have to come through the Legislature.

However, for the schools and districts operating their school calendars on 1,080 hours, you have the flexibility needed to add hours and minutes onto the school day to help make up for snow days. This added flexibility may prove to be needed this year if the early-winter preview is any indication. Regardless of the way you count your instruction, remember the primary responsibility of instructional leaders is to provide learning time for students. Providing this time requires providing full days and hours of instruction for students. We want to make sure that our students are not missing out on anything because they have missed a few days of school.

 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 28, 2015 at 3:23pm.