Rumor has it that Fairfax County is considering using their unused snow days in June to end the school year a day or so early. Should Prince William County Schools consider doing this as well?
Every year the schedule PWCS follows is based on a certain number of snow days. When we have a really snowy year, like we’ve had for the past two winters, we sometimes end up short and have increase the instructional day or school year, but when we have a really warm winter, like this winter was, we have more days than the state requires and could end the school year a few days early. If the community supported it, the school division might consider ending the school year a little early.
Apparently middle schools and high schools have 2 days more than required and elementary schools have 1 day more than required. From an instructional standpoint, at least based on what I’ve seen in my children’s classes, there isn’t much learning going on the last few days of the school year. Each day the school division is closed “saves” approximately $166,000, but means that hourly staff, like bus drivers and cafeteria workers lose a day of pay. The start dates for most camps and summer child care programs are based on the schedule of the public schools in that area, so if the school division were to close a few days early, child care may be an issue for some of our working parents – especially if the school division waits until May to decide.
So what do you think? Should PWCS end the school year a few days early since we didn’t have any snow days this year?
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