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Madison Schools Have Plan To Make Up Instructional Time

Posted Thursday, February 12, 2009 --- 1:25 p.m.

Information from Madison Schools news release:

All Madison School District students will have full days of instructional time on February 27 and March 16 as part of a plan announced Thursday by the district and Madison Teachers, Inc. The plan allows the schools to make up closings for four days this winter because of cold or snow.

There are additional changes for most schools, depending on the grade level (elementary, middle or high) and on the particular school's daily schedule. The specific plan is listed in full below.

The plan begins on Monday, February 16, and does not require days to be added at the end of the school year (June 12).

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires schools to have a specific number of days of instruction and a specific number of hours of instruction during the school year. Due to the unscheduled school closures, there was not enough time remaining this year to meet the required days and hours of instruction. The number of required hours varies at each level.

"We've tried to make this plan work for families in the least disruptive way," said Superintendent Dan Nerad. "However, we are required to make up instructional time, so we do appreciate families' flexibility in adjusting their schedules to these changes. We also appreciate the cooperation of MTI given the added burden these changes place on staff."

"The interference caused by state legislation restricting the commencement of the school year to September 1 makes accommodating the calendar changes much more difficult," said MTI Executive Director John Matthews. "Having school on a teacher in-service day means doing away with the break which is rejuvenating to students and thus beneficial to the learning process."

Bus companies are being contacted and current routes will accommodate these changes. After-school child care organizations are being notified so that after-school activities will also adjust to these changes.

If parents and guardians have any questions or need clarification, they should contact their child's school.

The paragraphs below explain by grade level what must be done to make up the instructional time.

ELEMENTARY

All schools in the district, including elementary schools, will have a full day of school on February 27. Originally school was not scheduled on the 27th in order to allow teachers to attend the SWEIO teacher convention. Students will also attend a full day of school on March 16 and again on March 27, both of which had been scheduled as early release day for students due to a district-wide teacher in-service and 3rd quarter grade reporting. Finally, the last day of school (June 12) will be a full school day.

In addition to the changes above, 2 minutes will be added to each school day from February 16 through the end of the school year.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

All schools in the district, including middle schools, will have a full day of school on February 27. Originally school was not scheduled on the 27th in order to allow teachers to attend the SWEIO teacher convention. Students will also attend a full day of school on March 16 which had been scheduled as a half-day for students due to a district-wide teacher in-service.

Wright Middle School needs time in addition to the two days in order to meet the required hours. Wright will have full days of school on May 4 and June 1. Originally those days were scheduled to be early release days. Wright students will also be released at 11:25 a.m. instead of at 9:45 a.m. on the last day of school (June 12) in order to make up time.

HIGH SCHOOLS

All schools in the district, including high schools, will have a full day of school on February 27. Originally school was not scheduled on the 27th in order to allow teachers to attend the SWEIO teacher convention. All high school students will also attend a full day of school on March 16 which had been scheduled as a half-day for students due to a district-wide teacher in-service.

East and West High Schools have additional time to make up in order to meet the required hours. East will do this by adding 2 minutes to the start and the end of the school day. West will add 1 minute to the start and the end of the school day.

La Follette HS students, in addition to February 27 and March 16, will attend school for a full day on February 16, March 2, April 20, May 18, and June 1, all of which had been scheduled as early release days. La Follette students will be released at 9:59 a.m. on the last day of school (June 12) in order to make up the remainder of the time needed.

Memorial and Shabazz HS do not need to add time to their original schedules, except for the changes which are being made at all schools on February 27 and March 16.


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