The Edmond Sun

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February 3, 2011

Edmond schools to make up snow days

EDMOND — Early Thursday afternoon Edmond Public Schools Superintendent David Goin said with three snow days built in, the district is looking at making up one and possibly two days.

Buses sent on trial runs through district neighborhoods had been getting stuck on Thursday, and Goin said with low temperatures throughout the day it looked as if students would be staying home today.

“We have missed four days so far this year due to weather,” Goin said, “and right now it looks like we will be calling school off on Friday also.” The district confirmed later Thursday afternoon that there will be no school today. Also, Deer Creek Public Schools will be closed today.

Since the district has exceeded its allowed snow days, Edmond Board of Education members will discuss how the time will be made up during the next school board meeting.

“We will be discussing what we will do Monday night during our board meeting,” said board member Jamie Underwood. The board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Edmond Public Schools Administration Building at Danforth Road and Kelly Avenue.

With the change in policy basing the school year calendar on the number of hours rather than days, the board will have the authorization to extend the school day rather than school year.

“Our last day would have been May 27 for the students with the teachers returning the following Tuesday,” Goin said. “We have three snow days built in and should we have to cancel classes today and Friday we will have to make up that time some way.”

Choices could include ending the school year later or adding additional time to the school day.

Students have an additional day out of classes on Presidents’ Day, which has been set aside as an In-service Day for teachers on Feb. 21.

Goin said it will be up to the school board to make the decision on how the time will be made up.

“That will be a consideration and vote (by the school board) to either authorize the administration to extend the school day or extend the school year.”

Goin said parents can find out about school closings by going to Channel 18, the district’s Web site or by going on Facebook.

So far damage due to the storm has been minimal, Goin said, with a sprinkler head break at Memorial High School and roof damage at one other site.

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