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School Board Acts to Make Up for Lost Time
Recent weather-related closings and delays mean students need more instructional time to meet VA requirements. The Board response fills the gap with the least possible pain.

February 20, 2014

PWCS Board Members adopted the Superintendent’s recommendation to meet required instructional minimums by:
  • Changing March 31, currently a teacher professional development workday, to a full instructional day for all students;

  • Keeping June 17, the current last day of school, as full day of instruction—high school exam schedules will not be affected;

  • Adding a half-day of school for elementary students on June 18; and

  • Reducing elementary recess to 10 minutes per day, starting February 24. The move does not mean students will be deprived of exercise. Teachers will be free to include supervised wellness and physical education activities in the daily routine. Dr. Walts explained at the Board Meeting. View the Health and Physical Education Web site for examples of classroom activities.


    

The changes probably won't be popular, but these measures were chosen to have the least undesirable impact on students, staff and families. In previous years, minutes added to the school day and days taken from vacations proved extremely inconvenient for many. 




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