Q: I would like to know how the district plans on making up 16 days of missed school? -Parent-
A: I can respond to this question:
Six of the days, per the negotiated agreement between the Stephenson Board of Education and the Stephenson Certified Staff, do not need to be made up. This is common language in many contracts throughout the state of Michigan.
That leaves 10 days in question. There are too many options being kicked around in Lansing for me to state today what our plan is at the present time. I believe we need to let the dust settle in Lansing, see what the final options are and then sit down with the union leaders from our certified staff and see what we can come up with.
A recent proposal that is being discussed in Lansing is to allow the addition of at least a 30-minute segment to the current school day as an acceptable means of counting time. I have no idea if this will pass both the house and senate but if it does, it is worth conversation with our union leaders.
I would say at the present time we can plan on extending the school year later into June. How much longer, I cannot say at the present time.
I believe our students deserve the best education our staff can provide. Our staff has done an extremely positive job staying focused, adjusting plans and delivering services throughout this winter.
Thanks for the question and the opportunity to respond!!