NORTH RIDGEVILLE — All that snowy, sub-zero weather appears to finally be behind us, but Old Man Winter will make himself felt one more time in the form of extended school days.
North Ridgeville school district students will be spending an additional half-hour in school for about a month plus one additional full day in classes in June to make up three days missed due to schools being closed for bad weather.
“This will start April 29, the day after spring break ends, to give everyone a chance to get adjusted to the idea for their remaining schedules,” Superintendent Jim Powell said.
School will be extended the extra 30 minutes through May 30 for students in grades one to 12.
Officials opted for lengthening the school day instead of adding three extra days because the district saw attendance dip when days were added three years ago due to canceled class days from severe winter weather.
“The last time we did that, we had about 40 percent attendance, and that, in turn, hurts our attendance records,” Powell said, referring to the grades the district receives for things, including attendance, from the state.
“We decided to do it this way this time so it wouldn’t hurt our attendance rate.”
School officials also reasoned that the addition of 30 minutes to the school day would be more beneficial to students instead of adding entire days to the school calendar.
Younger children who attend the district’s kindergarten and preschool classes will see their day extended 15 minutes for the same period. They attend school half a day.
The month-long period was decided based on a formula that determined it would take 11 days of adding 30 minutes per day to equal one full day, Powell said.
“So we knew we had to have 22 (school) days to make up two days,” Powell said.
The third day will be made up June 5, which will now be the final day of classes for the district.
Seniors will not be required to come to school June 5 as they traditionally are excused from classes for the last day.
The revised make-up schedule will not be observed May 14 as that is a previously scheduled early release day.
Students in grades six to eight who attend the middle school will also be required to make up a fourth day because a water main break flooded the school basement and canceled classes in January.
Middle school students will make up their extra missed day with what is termed a “Blizzard Bag” day, according to Powell.
“We’ve never tried this before, so we’re going to see how it works,” Powell said of the inaugural effort that will see pupils sent home with an amount of work equaling one day of classes.
“Hopefully that will get everyone back on track,” Powell said. “The blizzard bag will act like an extra day of homework.”
Schools are allowed to offer the so-called “Blizzard Day” under new state guidelines put in place this year, Powell said.
Late pick-up services and after-school reading programs will all be shifted by 30 minutes during the make-up period.
Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Ridgeville Schools schedule
The schedule is effective April 29 through May 30:
- High school — 7:25 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
- Middle school — 7:20 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
- Wilcox Elementary School — 8:10 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
- Liberty Elementary School — 8:25 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
- Lear North Elementary School — 9:05 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
- Education Center a.m. session — 9:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
- Education Center p.m. session — 1:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.
- Early Childhood Learning Center: a.m. — 9:20 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.; p.m. — 1:10 to 3:55 p.m.