Ritz adds options for school make-up days

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INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced Thursday that there are a number of options for schools that need to make-up time because of weather cancellations.

Ritz said the options include both waiver and non-waiver options for schools attempting to reschedule instructional time.

She said schools can change their calendar by re-scheduling holidays, pre-established snow flex days or professional development days without requesting a waiver. Additional no waiver options include, hosting school on Saturdays or adding days to the end of its calendar.

Another option available is extending the length of its school days. Schools need to request conditional waivers from the Indiana Department of Education for this option.

In a press release to News 18, Ritz said these options provide flexibility and guidance for school administrators.

“As Hoosiers, we always expect harsh winter weather. However, this year’s storms have been extreme and have interrupted instruction for schools throughout the state,” said Ritz. “I have spoken with countless superintendents throughout the state and they have all asked for more flexibility for scheduling instructional time. I have heard their concerns, and I am happy to make these options available to our schools.”

School districts may apply for as many conditional waivers as are needed. Conditional waiver requests are due by June 1.

For more information on the local options available, click here.

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