District to make up snow days by forgoing half days

By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

Port Washington-Saukville School District administrators who can’t remember the last time they’ve had to cancel classes five times in a single winter have decided to make up the time off by having full school days on March 29 and April 12.

Those days had been scheduled as early release days during which students are dismissed after a morning of abbreviated classes and staff members use the afternoons for professional growth and planning. 

Even with five days off school because of snow and sub-zero temperatures, the district had enough instructional time scheduled to meet the minimum required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, but not enough time to teach its curriculum and prepare students for tests like Advanced Placement exams.

“We meet the (state) instructional requirement, but there’s still instructional time that was missed and content that hasn’t been taught,” Supt. Michael Weber said. 

The day gained by cancelling the two early releases will give the district enough instructional time to cover a sixth snow day if needed, Weber said.

Teachers also have to make up the days off school. They are working additional time after classes and on Saturdays and will have to put in additional hours over the summer break, Weber said. 

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