KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The winter of 2013/2014 will probably go down in the books as one of the most detrimental to school corporations across Southwestern Indiana. It’s felt never ending at times, and has caused numerous delays, early dismissals and cancellations. The aftermath of the missed school will result in some careful planning for Knox County’s three school corporations; the question, how will students make up the educational time lost?
“I don’t think we’ve went a full week, with all 5 days being full length days since before thanksgiving,” said Tim Grove, South Knox School Superintendent.
South Knox plans to utilize the week following graduation to make up for lost time. It’s a move that will bring graduating seniors back to class for two more days.
“As it stands right now, that’s what South Knox School will do, now they’ll go to school Wednesday May 27th and May 28th” said Grove.
The decision didn’t come without the South Knox Corporation weighing all options: added hours to the regular school day, Saturday School, and online interactive learning. Grove explained it was in the corporation’s best interest to work in the students’ best interest.
“As it turned out, we thought it would be best and less disruptive for everybody to just go ahead and have the use of days that we have on the calendar,” added Grove.
In the North Knox School Corporation, the students will see little to no make up time, due to built in school days in the corporations calendar. In an impromptu phone conversation with News 10 Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Darrell Bobe explained students would finish classes the Friday before graduation.
It was also noted that in extreme circumstances, Graduation can count towards educational time for seniors.
For the Vincennes Community School Corporation, added hours to the school day have already been enacted. Students attending classes in the VCSC have added one educational hour to their day. The added hour began in February and will end April 2.