Rising Sun Adds Additional Hour To School Day Starting Feb. 24
By Mike Perleberg
(Rising Sun, Ind.) – One local school district is going to be keeping students in class a little longer as educators look to make up for lost time.
“I’ve been in education for 21 years and I’ve never seen where we had to use eight days,” Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools Superintendent Steve Patz tells Eagle 99.3. “Eight days is usually more than enough.”
Rising Sun schools have missed 12 days this year. That doesn’t even include days on which the district was on a delay or dismissed early.
Following a recent recommendation from the Indiana Department of Education, the Rising Sun-Ohio County Board of School Trustees voted this week to add an extra hour to each school day starting Monday, February 24 through Thursday, April 10. With built-in snow make-up days being tapped out, the district will regain the lost time with that additional hour each school day.
The IDOE mandates that six hours of instruction equals one school day. Over the 24 days of one extra hour, it will allow Rising Sun to account for four days.
Patz said Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools have used Saturday school as a way to make-up school in the past, but attendance on those days was abysmal.
“There are no good choices at this point. But this gives us more flexibility and will have the least impact on everyone,” explained the superintendent.
Patz said the school board wanted to avoid school extending past high school graduation on Sunday, June 8. With the extended days, holding class Good Friday, and extending the school year to June 4, the district should accomplish that goal. June 5 and 6 could be used if winter weather returns.
“Fingers crossed” for no more snow days, Patz said, adding that administrators and teachers will work with parents to make sure students can still get to previously scheduled appointments like dentist or doctor visits.
Patz expressed gratitude to parents for their patience and understanding through all the school closings and schedule changes this winter.