After missing eight days of classes so far due to cold and snow, Troy City Schools will not schedule student makeup days this year unless the district has three more closures.
After some confusion in the past month, Superintendent Chris Piper sent a message to families this week, saying all Troy schools are still on track to finish well above the state minimum number of hours of instruction. The high school is the closest to the minimum, and it still has an 87-hour cushion, according to Piper.
“We understand that many families have travel plans over spring break and early summer,” Piper said. “We do not wish to ask families to adjust their plans, so at this point, we will not be requiring students to make up missed days of instruction.”
Piper said if the district goes “beyond 10 calamity days,” then student makeup days will be added to the end of the school year, with clear notification from Troy schools.
Closures on Feb. 20 and March 1 had led several parents to ask the district, via social media, what the plan would be for makeups. The district’s full-year calendar says only that “Make up days will start May 31 if needed.”
In late February, Piper told the Dayton Daily News that the district makes up any days after five calamity days, per their union contracts. Piper said this week that he was referring to teacher make-up days, not students.
Piper said teachers will “make up” the missed days via training activities, also called “professional development.” Elementary-grade reading teachers will have four days of training with Columbia Teachers College in mid-June, and other teachers may do online training modules that are still in the planning process.
“We feel responsible. Taxpayers pay (teachers’) salaries, so they should work the number of days they’re scheduled to work,” Piper said.
Piper, in his first year as Troy’s superintendent, said he’d like to alter Troy’s approach in future years so that they have a few built-in late-winter or early-spring makeup days that can be used as needed, rather than tacked onto the end of the year.
“If we tack on (student school) days to the end of the year or take them from spring break, we’re going to have a bunch of absences, and is the quality of learning going to be very good? Realistically, no.”
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