PWCS has recommended that the school day be extended 10 minutes each day to make up for time lost due to the snow storms this Winter. The extension will begin on May 10 and continue through the end of the year. The 10 minute increase will affect all schools.
State mandates require that school districts provide 990 hours of instructional time each year and, apparently, the large number of snow days this Winter resulted in PWCS falling approximately 1 instructional day (6 hours) short of that requirement.
You can find the press release here.
While I understand that the district has to meet the minimum instructional time requirements set by the state, this is yet another example of the district dropping the ball. Other area schools determined that they would fall short of state mandates and adapted their holiday schedules to make up for time lost due to the snows. PWCS hasn’t said one word about this until one week before the change needs to be implemented which leaves us with no other option than to accept their recommendation or be in violation of state instructional time requirements.