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Parents generally support Sylvania Schools' makeup-days plan

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER

A Sylvania Schools plan to extend nearly a dozen school days and add a two more to make up for this winter's snow days met with some suggestions but no strong opposition by parents on Wednesday.

“Honesty my thoughts are there is no perfect solution and we should be supportive of the district,” parent Shannon Szyperski said.

Any attempt to make up the five calamity days for elementary students and four for the high school and junior high school students may affect someone negatively, she said. The heavy snow, icy conditions, and bitter cold resulted in the missed school days this winter. The state has excused nine lost days but the rest need to be made up.

Superintendent Brad Rieger presented a proposal to about 30 parents at an hour-long meeting on Wednesday at the district's offices. The proposal is to add one day for the high school and junior high schools and two days for the elementary schools at the end of the school year, which had been scheduled to end June 4. To make the other needed instructional days, the plan is to extend by one hour 11 school days in April, which will provide the equivalent of two school days, and to change three scheduled late-start days to regular school days to make up another lost instructional day.

Some parents have expressed concern about an extended day for younger children, Mr. Rieger said. The district will adjust and adapt activities based on a child’s development skills, he said.

Parent Donnavive Burkett was happy with the plan, although she hoped it would include Saturday makeup days. The extension of the school year or days will not negatively impact her family's schedule, she said. 

"The extended school year is still (ending) in the same week they would get out. So they did a good job," she said.  

School officials will consider the public and employee feedback before taking a plan for the makeup days to the school board for approval.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.



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