Staunton Determines Snow Day Makeup Strategy

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Staunton City Schools have determined how they will make up for snow days.

Students will have an extra 20 minutes added to their school days starting on March 24.

Superintendent Dr. Linda Reviea said she will make a decision about how the time will be added to the school day on March 18. The change will mainly be driven by bus transportation.

Parents will receive information about how the time will change in the Tuesday folder sent home to parents with kids in kindergarten through the eighth grade.

Anna Leavitt works from home and said adding 20 minutes to the school day for her two kids is better than adding on days; however, it will make afternoons a little harder.

"It will make getting homework done, and dinner on the table and all of that much more compressed," said Leavitt.

George Thompson, another parent, came by School Board Chair Ron Ramsey's store to thank him for the decision.

Thompson said now his daughter, Haley, who is in high school, can make an important trip.

"My dad is 85 years old, and having a spring break allows Haley and me to go visit him. Otherwise, we would not have been able to, and I don't know when we would see him again," said Thompson.

The additional time won't be easy for every parent.

"Waiting for a call at 5:30 in the morning is not necessarily beneficial to you know, who can watch your kids if you have to go to work," said Leavitt.

With a year of crazy weather, parents have asked, "Why not add on more built-in snow days?"

"We've just had so many more because it was an unusual season, so I don't think there'd be any point in adding more that we'd likely never use," said Ron Ramsey, a member of the Staunton City School Board.

"It would seem, maybe adding an extra make up day wouldn't be a terrible idea," said Leavitt.

Ramsey said he thinks more time in class will help kids the most.

"Had a lot of questions and back and forth trying to figure out what would be the best thing to do from an instructional standpoint, because that's what matters, is teaching the kids," said Ramsey.

While students won't lose any days on spring break, they will have a make-up day on Memorial Day.


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