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East Penn Will Make up Sandy Days in Spring

East Penn Superintendent of Schools Thomas L. Seidenberger tells the East Penn Board of School Directors Monday night that he will likely put in a formal request to change the 2012-2013 school calendar at the board’s next meeting.

East Penn Superintendent of Schools Thomas L. Seidenberger told the East Penn Board of School Directors at Monday night’s meeting that he expects the district will need February and March to make up two of the four days school was closed by Hurricane Sandy.

East Penn schools were closed Oct. 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 1, and Seidenberger said he hopes two of those days will be absorbed by the “snow days” built into the school district calendar. The other two, he said, will need to come off of a scheduled break in February – presidents weekend -- and spring break in March.

At this point, Seidenberger says he intends to ask the board at its next meeting on Dec. 3 to change Feb. 15 and March 28 from vacation days to regular school days. This will give parents and teachers time to change any plans they may have made, he said.

Between now and the December meeting, Seidenberger will talk to parents, teachers and administrators about the dates in play, which he says are the top choice for makeup days among superintendents in the region.

Seidenberger says he does not expect the state to excuse any days of school missed because of Sandy unless Pennsylvania experiences an extremely harsh winter.

M Miller November 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM
What happened to the 4 days of school we should have banked since we started in August? We seem to be getting out the same time as last year.
Suzanne DeJohn November 14, 2012 at 01:53 PM
We were still scheduled for 184 with 2 snow days built in but due to when Christmas falls, we appear to not have "gained" any time in June.
An interested bystander November 14, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Sorry Teachers Union Representative Miller, you'll have to put in your 9 solid months before your summer vacation.
Robert Schwoyer November 14, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I was under the understanding that we were in a state of emergency most of those days as the governor's call. We are told not to go out if we dont have to, should we have sent out kids anyway just so they didnt have to make up those days. The state should not have them make them up, monday is was not even raining. what happens to the kids in NJ and NY, do they go all summer?
Emmaus Mom November 14, 2012 at 06:20 PM
You have a valid question. I'm sure many people are wondering the same thing and the comment by AIB is inappropriate.
Jenae Holtzhafer November 14, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I agree with you Rob. Also, two days were taken from them last year when the schools closed due to the flooding. They lost two holidays and never used their built in snow days, so I always wondered why they weren't let out of school two days earlier last year. Maybe they can give them those two days that were taken away for no reason.
ted.dobracki November 14, 2012 at 08:46 PM
The thing is that many years ago, EPSD negotiated contracts with the teacher's union to have more than the state's required 180 days of instruction in exchange for more pay and benefits. I'm not sure of the exact number of days, but I think that's where the 184 day number comes from and there's even another three or four days are added for training and prep, making the grand total something like 187 or 188 days of work for teachers. (I think it was 182+2 when I was on the school board, but it has increased even more since then), Thus, EPSD taxpayers and students are entitled to the benefits of that additional time that we all pay for. That's why the school board and administration want to try to keep those four extra instructional days, as long as the make-up schedule fits within the parameters of the teacher's contract and other constraints. Unfortunately, that creates some confusion with the state's 180 day limit. Assume that the state waives 2 of the 180 required days. Then, that would effectively reduce the instructional year from 184 to 178 days for EPSD, and its students and taxpayers would actually lose 6 instructional days. No one at EPSD wants that to happen, so a state waiver could almost be irrelevant, unless many more school cancellations occur later in this academic year. Thus, EPSD will still try to keep the 184 days, as long as it was feasible.
Lyn November 15, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Why not take the Monday after thanksgiving? If we have an actual snow day we will have to add a day in June. It is crazy that we only have two snow days built in to the scheduled when every year we use more than two. Let's be proactive and use days in November or January so we aren't in school longer in June.
An interested bystander November 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Emmaus Mom, when an adult is referring to "we" and using terms like "banked," it's patently obvious this is a union member. I don't know of any adult anywhere that has thought about this unless they're union.

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