Lapel - After a recent decision by the Indiana Department of Education to allow school districts various ways to make up weather-related time away from school, Frankton-Lapel Community Schools are getting creative with the way they’re keeping students in class.
Superintendent Bobby Fields said the DOE announced that school districts can add additional time to their school calendars to make up for the multiple school closures caused by severe weather, snow storms and extreme cold.
Currently FLCS have had eight snow days, two of which have been waived by the DOE. Fields said of the six remaining days to be made up, one would be made up on Presidents Day (weather permitting) and another May 27. Fields said time for the remaining four days would be added into the school year, day by day.
“The DOE said that each six hours added to instructional time makes up one day,” Fields said. “So we’ve made a few changes to the remaining school year.”
Fields said the changes started with keeping students at school during development days for the staff.
“On the second and fourth Tuesday and every month, we release 45 minutes early for professional development days,” Fields said. “So, we’ve canceled the rest of the days for the remaining year and we’ll be keeping the students at school.”