Monday, January 12, was our fifth and final “calamity day”.
If we have to cancel school again, for the sixth cancellation, that day will be an “E-day”. Students will be receiving school work to complete, either on line or in packets sent home with the children.
Should there be a seventh day of cancellation, that day will be “made up” on Monday, February 16.
We don’t like to miss days of instruction, but student safety comes first. Over the past three years, when we did not exceed our calamity days, overall student academic growth averaged over 1.5 years, based on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
Last year we lost 14.4 days of instruction out of 178, due to calamity days and delays. We had just over 88% of a scheduled school year where teachers and students were able to have instruction and interaction. While overall student academic growth was one year and one month, based on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, it fell short of the year and a half of growth we had the previous two years.
Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind to us the rest of the school year.
Dennis Recker, Superintendent