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EACS, NACS add hours to make up for lost days

Two local school districts will extend school days to make up for time missed because of inclement weather.

East Allen County Schools will add 30 minutes to the end of the school day during the month of March.

Northwest Allen County Schools will add one hour to the school day for middle and high school students and 50 minutes a day for elementary students for 24 days.

EACS students have missed 12 days – including Tuesday – because of inclement weather.

Two of those days will be made up this month and one day was waived by the Department of Education, leaving nine to make up, EACS Superintendent Ken Folks said.

By adding a half-hour to the end of each school day and forgoing the 30 minutes of teacher collaboration time Wednesdays, the district will make up for two additional missed days.

In doing so, the school year will end on June 6 – the same day students graduate.

Folks said if all goes well with the extra hours in March, the district will consider adding additional time to the end of school days in April and May.

Officials could also require students to attend classes on Good Friday, although that decision has not been made, Folks said. Students with religious activities would receive excused absences.

To help make up for missed days at NACS, students will attend school for an extra 50 minutes or an hour, depending on grade level, for 24 days.

Middle and high school students will attend an extra hour per day and elementary students will attend 50 extra minutes per day, NACS Superintendent Chris Himsel said.

The days with extended hours are Feb. 25 to 27; March 3 to 6, 10 to 13, 17-20 and 24 to 25; and April 15 to 17 and 22 to 24.

Spring break and the week after will not be affected by the change, Himsel said.

Graduation, scheduled for June 8, will also remain unaffected by the schedule change.

The district will also use three make-up days – Feb. 24, March 14 and April 18 – to help make up for lost time. The district received a waiver from the state for two days and attended class on Feb. 3 to make up another day.

Barring additional inclement weather, the NACS school year will end June 4.

Fort Wayne Community Schools students have missed 12 days of school, and officials said Tuesday they will have a detailed plan ready next week to determine how the days will be made up.

The district does not have plans to eliminate spring break, officials said.

FWCS students graduate June 13 and 14.

Southwest Allen County Schools has extended the school year to June 11.

Graduation is scheduled for June 7 regardless of the last day of school, officials said, and students will be required to return to school to finish the school year and complete final exams.

jcrothers@jg.net

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