March 13, 2014
School board members have decided how students will make up snow days.
Albemarle County schools have missed ten school days due to snow or ice concerns.
On Thursday, the board decided to extend the school year until June 13. The schools will also apply to the state for a waiver so they won't have to make up every day. If the state grants the waiver, school will end June 11.
The board encouraged schools to make sure makeup days contain meaningful instruction for students.
"I'm always anxious by tacking more days onto the end of the year because I know we all think and feel that those should be as rigorous instruction days as any day within the year, but my experience is it just hasn't been," said board member Eric Strucko.
Board member Ned Gallaway suggested moving the built-in makeup days from December to later in the school year.
The schools surveyed more than 6,000 students, parents, and staff for input.