Monday, March 28, 2011
Seniors in the Wichita Public Schools will attend school for additional days to make up for the time lost due to school cancellations caused by extreme winter weather conditions earlier this year.
There will be no changes to the school calendar for students in grades PreK-11.
Seniors' final day of school is normally scheduled earlier than the rest of the students' last day of school. Adjustments will be made at each high school concerning seniors "new" last day of school to make sure the students have the required number of hours.
Seniors at North and Northeast Magnet will attend school through May 16 -- the date of the schools' commencement ceremonies. All other high school students will attend through May 17.
The school calendar is based on a complex state formula requiring a certain number of student-teacher contact hours. After the Wichita Public Schools had several snow days, the district made up the time beyond the traditional school day, such as not dismissing school early for parent-teacher conferences and instead hosting them after school and in the evening.
The district also adjusted teachers' Professional Learning Community (LC) time, which allows teachers to collaborate during the school day, to allow teachers more time with their students.
"As soon as we realized we had issues with calendar days due to snow, the Wichita Public Schools took specific actions to claim as many hours as we could so we did not lose any instructional time and have as little impact to the school calendar as possible," said Superintendent John Allison.
The Wichita Public Schools canceled classes six days during 2010-2011 school year due to snow, cold temperatures and dangerous wind chill conditions.