Shenandoah County to hold off on makeup days

By Ryan Cornell

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County Public Schools officials are taking a “wait and see” approach when it comes to makeup days.

The school division has experienced 14 days and 11 hours of missed instructional time, according to Division Superintendent Jeremy Raley.

Under state law, the required minimum for instructional time is 180 days or 990 hours. The law also states that this requirement may be waived for school closings resulting from a declared state of emergency. On Feb. 11, Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency due to a major winter storm.

Four makeup days have already been approved this year: Feb. 17, April 17, April 22 and May 6.

“If we don’t miss any more time between now and June 12, that will give us 999 instructional hours, which puts us barely over that 990-hour standard,” Raley said. “So, we don’t know what the rest of the month is going to hold.”

He said any future adjustments to the calendar would be considered at the April 8 School Board meeting.

“There’s some options that we can maybe look at, but I just want to have a wait and see approach at this point in time and see what the rest of this month holds,” Raley said.

The School Board approved the proposed 2014-2015 instructional calendar at its meeting on Tuesday night. The calendar for next year transitions from a six-week grading period to a nine-week grading period and schedules the last day of school on June 11. The calendar is built off 180 instructional days and identifies six possible makeup days.

The board also approved a fund balance request to be presented to the county Board of Supervisors that would add the replacement of a broken chiller at Sandy Hook Elementary to its list of capital improvement projects. The cost of a new chiller is $34,000.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com