Snow make-up days have been set for Portageville School District

Saturday, January 27, 2018

After being out of school for four days last week due to the winter snow storm, the Portageville School District has announced their make up days schedule.

Beginning February 26th, students will attend school for a half day and dismiss at noon. Teachers will have an in-service that afternoon.

On March 14th, students will attend school for a half day and dismiss at noon. Parent/Teacher conferences will take place that afternoon. P/T Schedules will be sent out at a later date.

On April 2nd, students will be in attendance all day.

On May 9th the students will be in attendance all day. On May 10th, the students will attend school for a 1/2 day and dismiss at noon. This is the last day.

“We will keep you updated on these dates but wanted to make sure they were sent out to all parents immediately,” according to the Portageville Elementary Facebook page.

For those of you that wonder on how the school determine on how to make up for lost school days due to winter weather, the Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) as a good article on their website that explains this. The text is below.

“ While the occasional snow day can be a welcome break, at some point you have to go back to school. At MSTA, we’ve gotten lots of questions about the rules regarding making up instruction time so we wanted to share the rules.

A few years ago, the state legislature passed a bill that was intended to put an end to the practice of piecemeal legislation forgiving snow days. Every year, different parts of the state would face inclement weather and the legislature would be asked to passes laws to forgive excessive days off.

The definition of inclement weather includes: snow, ice, extremely cold temperatures, flooding and tornadoes. It does not include excessive heat. Therefore school days missed for heat do not fall under this law. Days missed due to illness also do not meet the requirements of this law.

School days missed for weather cannot be made up by adding minutes or hours to remaining school days. However, if you are on a four-day school week, your district may schedule make up days on Fridays.

Every school day missed must be made up until you miss the seventh day. At that point, one day must be made up for every two days missed until 14 days are missed. After the 14th day, no more days are required to be made up.

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