Committee to propose longer school days in Va. Beach to avoid snow make-up days

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 6:12 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Longer schools days are being proposed in Virginia Beach to avoid possible snow makeup days.

The calendar committee is proposing an additional 20 minutes to the high school day and eight minutes to elementary and middle school days.

School officials are presenting the calendar committee recommendations Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the School Board workshop.

According to the report, families won't have to adjust to any immediate schedule changes.  The proposed changes wouldn't take effect until the 2015-2016 school year at the earliest.

School leaders explained the longer school days would help high school students meet Virginia credit hour requirements. Most importantly, all schools would bank enough time to cancel four snow make up days.

It is also recommended that makeup days are not on Saturday or Sunday. They'd rather use teacher work days and holidays -- excluding Veterans Day and  Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Also, winter and spring breaks would never become snow make up days.

This year, students attended Saturday classes after missing seven days of school due to snow storms. When many parents criticized the makeup plan, school leaders encouraged them to submit feedback to the calendar committee composed of parents, teachers and school administrators.

The committee's ideas are only proposals at this time. The school board would have to vote to approve longer school days.

More information can be found in the agenda

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