Winter storms have wreaked havoc on area school calendars. Madison Central Superintendent Joel Jorgenson said during Monday’s school board meeting that the district had missed five days so far because of the weather – four in December and one so far in January. Jorgenson proposed a couple of options for board members to consider in order to start making up some of the time missed. He suggested making this Monday, January 16th a student contact day instead of a teacher inservice day, and also making February 1st a full-day instead of an early release day. This would make up one-and-a-half days of the five missed so far. Jorgenson said there will be additional proposals and options presented to the board at the February meeting.
Jorgenson said that they didn’t send computers home and have distance learning days in December because of the chance of power outages and not all students being able to access the information. He said if they don’t do anything to make up the days before the end of the year, that as of now, students would be in class until just before Memorial Day.
Jorgenson said that there are a lot of things to consider when looking at how to make up the time missed.
Board members voted to add back the one-and-a-half days of student contact time on January 16th and February 1st.
Board member Rich Avery said the days that were missed were necessary because many of the roads in the country have been impassable and difficult to travel on. Jorgenson thanked parents for their help when buses were not able to get to some of the students because of the roads.
January 10, 2023