East Penn to Make Up Most Recent Snow Days in June

Back-to-back snow days this week will mean that two additonal school days will be added to the calendar in June at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

East Penn School District was forced to cancel school on Tuesday and Wednesday due to yet another snowstorm, followed by yet another blast of frigid air.

This week's school closings will be made up by adding days to the end of the school year on June 10 and 11, according to the East Penn website. Should the district need to close school again before the end of the 2013-2014 school year, that day would be made up on June 12.

East Penn had previously announced to East Penn parents and caregivers that students will be going to school on Feb. 14 and April 17 - days that were previously days off - to make up days of school missed due to weather during the first half of the school year.

East Penn Superintendent of Schools Thomas L. Seidenberger said, at the district's Jan. 13 school board meeting that East Penn would do its best to work with those families that had already planned vacations for the February and April breaks. 
Jenae Holtzhafer January 23, 2014 at 07:19 AM
After several years of 'adding days in June' and 'losing holidays,' which can be a real complication for those who plan vacations and camps around the scheduled school calendar, the districts would know by now to factor in at least 5 days for school closings. What will it take to change this? Between hurricane days, extreme cold days, and ice and snow days, it's time to recognize that we live in part of the country where this is the norm. If it means adding 5 extra days at the end of the school year, so be it. At least we can plan around that. If the days aren't used, the kids should get out earlier! I'd rather be given those days back than keep having them taken away. It's a real pain for everyone. And as Missy said, that last week is often just games and movies. It's a waste of resources to run the buses and keep the schools cool. PSSA's are over by then so there isn't the same level of pressure for academics. Not to say all teachers 'play' in that last week, but it certainly does seem to be the common way to end the year for many. By June 1, everyone is already in summer mode! It's time to revise this system.
ted.dobracki January 23, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Perhaps they should open school earlier in August. Several school districts that I'm familiar with opened during the first week of August to accommodate their "balanced" schedules that have 16 days off between quarters.
tamarya January 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Pretty soon they should switch and close in the winter and go in the summer. I can see adding the days in june over taking winter holidays. Northern lehigh took 2 days off of christmas break and school closed 1 off them for snow, and they were too have off tuesday and took that day but guess what they were off anyway. Lets see if the presidents day that was taken is not a snow day also.
ted.dobracki January 23, 2014 at 09:41 PM
good point! most schools (at least those in EPSD) are air-conditioned today.
Ron Beitler January 25, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Want to increase class time without adding days into the summer? Get rid of the half day wednesday. I've heard the "company line" is that instructional time isn't lost but I've seen that challenged before.


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