With 10 cancellations this year so far, Eastern York students were scheduled to attend school until Friday, June 13. But at their meeting Thursday, board members voted unanimously to allow the administration to take steps to reduce the length of time students attend school in June.
If there are no more school cancellations, the last student day will be Friday, June 6, instead.
The board voted to take the number of student days from 181 to 180, which Superintendent Darla Pianowski said has been done before. In the same motion, the board also allowed the administration to apply for exceptions from the state to use four student days as staff development days. The students will not attend school those days, but the district will still get credit for them.
Several other school districts already use these days, referred to as Act 80 days, including Central York and Dallastown.
Pianowski said Eastern has never applied for the Act 80 days before, but the number of cancellations this year makes it a reasonable option.
"This has been an exceptional year," she said.
Though the state does have to approve counting those days without the students in school, Pianowski said previous conversations with the state Department of Education make her "99 percent sure" they will be approved in the district.
Other makeup days: The board also decided to designate two additional snow makeup days during the year, in case more inclement weather occurs before winter is over.
If the district needs to cancel any more days of school, they will be made up on Thursday, April 17, and then Monday, April 21. If the district would cancel more than two days, the other school days will be added after June 6, Pianowski said.
Board member Darvin Shelly said the administration should do what is best, and decide sooner rather than later.
"The longer we wait, the more confused people are going to get," Shelly said.
Pianowski said the district has been in contact with the teachers union, which has indicated its members are willing to work with the decisions the administration made.
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