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Shenandoah County extends school year

By Ryan Cornell

WOODSTOCK -- Students in Shenandoah County public schools will see the start of their summer breaks delayed by one day.

The last day of school is now June 13, with a 1 p.m. dismissal, after the School Board voted to approve the makeup day at its meeting Wednesday night.

The School Board also approved lengthening May 2 and June 12 to full instructional days. The two days had previously been scheduled as school days with 1 p.m. dismissals.

June 13 was previously designated as a professional workday for staff. The new adjustments designate June 16 as a professional day instead.

School Board member Karen Whetzel said she's received feedback from parents pleading to keep the two remaining days of spring break, and said most of the parents she heard from support the plan.

The school division has missed a total of 15 full days and 13 hours of instructional time this year due to inclement weather. Superintendent Jeremy Raley said more time could be missed due to potential flooding in April and May.

"I think ultimately it's wise of us to be proactive and recognize that we should have additional time should anything happen as far as weather goes in the future," he said. "Really, there aren't many alternatives for instructional time to make up."

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

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