School Board adds day to Make-Up Policy

Continuing discussion from June and July, the Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education at its August meeting held Monday, Aug. 12, considered adjustments to the district’s School Days/Hours Make-Up Policy, referred to as the Snow Day Policy.

The current policy has been in place for a number of years, and it has allowed three missed days of school before requiring a make-up day.

Superintendent Todd Evans recommended considering a change to the policy at the June meeting, and the board discussed it further at the July meeting. In July, the board asked for additional information about the number of days missed in previous years.

In the past 19 years, the district has had eight years with more than three days missed — one with four days, five with five days, one with seven days, and one with eight days.

In the past two school years, Evans has utilized late starts and early dismissals more than in the past to prevent an entire day being missed and a make-up day being required. During the 2017-18 school year, there were four; and there were eight during the 2018-19 school year.

Superintendent Evans presented a policy proposal to the board, which included a number of changes. First, it would increase to four the maximum number of days missed before a make-up is required. Additionally, it would adjust the preference and options for how days would be made up when necessary to the following: No. 1, Single days of no school, with 10-day notice (not Good Friday); No. 2, Adding minutes to the daily schedule; No. 3, Add days to end of school year; and No. 4, Consideration may be given to inservice days.

Board member Kent Saylor said he wants to support Evans and his proposal, and he thinks it is fine.

“It just makes sense to give it a try,” Saylor said. “If we don’t like it a year from now, we can come back and change it.”

Board member Jim Scoby said he is in favor of keeping it the way it was and keeping students in school.

Board member Ann Shaughnessy said she did previously feel the way Scoby does, but she “had an epiphany” during the special boardsmanship meeting, that Evans has a better understanding of what is right for the schools and students and she should trust his judgment.

The board approved, 6-1, the proposed policy as presented. J. Scoby was opposed.

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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