Schools consider class on Saturday

ROSSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) – With a handful of snow days already this winter some schools are planning classes on Saturdays.

With 10 snow days already used this semester, Rossville schools is considering new ways to avoid having class well into the summer months and allow students more time to prepare for upcoming standardized tests. Superintendent James Hanna said that includes having regular school days on Saturday.

“The first day that we slated and have up for discussion with the Teachers Association is Feb. 22, so that gives us another day to prepare for I-STEP,” Hanna said.

Dr. Hanna said right now he is considering setting aside three Saturdays for school.

On Thursday, State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced she would allow schools to apply for what she called a “conditional waiver” that would allow schools to make up days. One of the options she discussed was longer school days.

“With the possibility, the DOE may allow additional time at the end of the school day to make up those lost hours. That may be a possibility, as well especially, since we currently go about six and a half hours a day, which is about a half hour longer. So, we’re looking at that as an option as well,” Hanna said.

Tippecanoe School Corporation Superintendent Scott Hanback said with four days to make up they are considering their options too.

“We’re seeking input from out principals,” Hanback said. “Next week we’ll be meeting with our teachers and we’ll consider online Saturday school, possibly extending school days and we’ll consider whether or not that’s a viable option for TSC.”

Hanback said if TSC decides to use either option they would have to consider a lot of things including after-school activities, transportation and overtime pay.

“Then for an online Saturday school format, one of the things we would have to determine is whether or not our families had access to the appropriate technology,” Hanback said.

Both superintendents said with 6 more weeks of winter it’s important to consider all of their options, so students are ready for I-STEP, and graduation dates don’t have to be moved.

The State Board of Education has agreed to extend I-STEP testing because so many schools across the state have closed this year.

The board approved extending the applied skills portion of the exam from March 3 until March 21.

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