Sunday, January 18, 2009

Press release from the Oshkosh Area School District regarding make up snow days and the school calendar

Dr. Bette Lang
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Oshkosh Area School District
(920) 424-0160

The Oshkosh Area School District will adhere to the district calendar as negotiated between the Board of Education and the teachers’ union which directs school closure make-up days to be added to the end of the school year. Wisconsin State Statute 121.02(1)(f)1 mandates that 180 days AND a specified amount of minutes of student contact be conducted in order to qualify for state funding. Therefore adding minutes to the daily schedule is not an option because the district is falling short of the mandated days requirement. In anticipation of student contact days now occurring during the week of June 15, we are delaying the start of all summer school sessions until June 22. This change provides the district flexibility if there are more weather related closure days. Maintaining the negotiated calendar also allows time for staff, students and families to make adjustments for the extended year.


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