Hinsdale District 86 students may be in school until June 12

<p>Hinsdale District 86 Administration Building | Sun-Times Media File </p>

Hinsdale District 86 Administration Building | Sun-Times Media File 

Students in Hinsdale High School District 86 likely will attend school through June 12 to make up the four school days they missed because of bad weather in January.

Superintendent Bruce Law said the administration and teachers considered all options and determined adding the four days to the end of the school year was the best choice.

The current calendar lists the last day of school as June 6, unless the five days the following week, June 9-13, are needed for emergency purposes.

School Board member Jennifer Planson said she had heard from parents who hoped the missed school days could fit in the regular school year, perhaps by having students go to school on what are scheduled as non-attendance days, or attending mornings or afternoons that are scheduled for late starts or early dismissals.

Because of plans for family vacations or summer camps, parents would like school to not continue after June 6, Planson said.

Law said those options were considered. He acknowledged having the time available for teaching during the school year might be more effective then adding four days at the end.

But non-attendance days are “extremely important” for the staff to get together to plan and confer, Law said.

They considered having class in session on Good Friday and shortening spring break, but it’s just as likely parents have made plans for those days, too.

“There was no practical way to do it,” Law said.

The revised school calendar would still have 181 days of student attendance, Law said. The state requires a minimum of 176, he said.

The four days District 86 closed schools due to snow or bitter cold were Jan. 6, 7, 27 and 28.

The School Board is expected to vote on the revised calendar at its March 17 meeting.

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills School District 181 is considering using a grading day and a teachers institute day to replace two of the instruction days its students missed, plus other options.

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