For five weeks, Westfield Washington Schools’ students will have more classroom time then they are accustomed to because of this winter’s harsh storms.
Westfield Washington Schools Supt. Dr. Mark Keen said the Indiana Dept. of Education has accepted the district’s option of extending school days in order to make up non-waivered school cancellations.
“Although any option will create some issues, we believe that adding time to the school day is far and away the best option from an instructional standpoint,” Keen stated. “Adding time will provide more instruction prior to essential assessments which impact either high school graduation or the earning of college credit – including ISTEP+, End-of-Course Assessments and Advanced Placement exams. Adding time will also provide additional instructional time across the second and third trimesters, rather than just at the end of the school year. Both are vital for student success.”
Effective Feb. 17 through March 20, WWS will add one hour of instruction to the schedules of grades 5 through 12 and 50 minutes of instruction to kindergarten through fourth grade. Keen said school start times will not change.
“This means school will be dismissed either one hour or 50 minutes later. After school meetings, activities and practices will be arranged by each principal at his/her respective building. If there is an individual/family issue with the adjusted school day, please work with the building principal,” he stated.
Westfield Washington students have four days (24 hours) to make up. Keen said the intention is to make this time up so that the last day for students will still be May 29 and not June 4.
“This will allow the high school administrators to check all senior grades and verify eligibility for graduation,” he stated. “Should additional days of cancellation occur, do not automatically assume that we will simply extend this option. We will assess the situation and determine the best solution at that time.”