Weather Related School Closures
During the past winter months, schools all across Oregon have been missing school days due to the snow and icy roads. This has brought up the issue of what happens when students miss these school days.
South has missed multiple days of school due to the snow, and more is predicted to fall again this coming week on Friday, Feb. 3 according to The Weather Channel.
The Salem-Keizer district has scheduled to make up the days that students have missed on March 23, and June 15 and 16. So far these are the only three make up days scheduled, but with the possibility of more snow and freezing rain this coming week and in the following months, more days could be added to the school year.
The National Weather service has put Portland on a winter storm watch and also predicted the weather on Friday, stating: “Rain and freezing rain, possibly mixed with sleet, becoming all rain after 10am. High near 41. North wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.”
By making up these school days it takes away from teacher grading days, parent teacher conferences, and students summer vacations. This has brought up issues between school officials, students, and parents.
The Oregon Board of Education states that 990 hours of instruction must be provided to high school students each year, and by not making up the missed school days the Salem-Keizer School District has missed would have a significant effect on this law. The weather has played a large role in student education and students have missed more school than school officials had planned for.