March 26, 2014 —
HARRISBURG, PA — The state senate this week unanimously approved a bill that would give schools greater flexibility to make up time missed as a result of weather emergencies, according to Sen. Jake Corman, the bill’s sponsor.
Senate Bill 1281 would allow schools to calculate the school year on an hourly, rather than daily basis. In addition, the legislation would permit them to hold class on one Saturday per month to make up missed school days.
“Following this very severe winter, which resulted in an unusually high number of school cancelations and delays across the state, many school districts have asked for additional flexibility to make up missed days,” Corman said. “This bill would enable schools to make rescheduling decisions that are in the best interests of students and families.
“Extending school into late June may not be the best option for schools or students for a number of reasons,” said Corman. “This bill will provide schools with the flexibility to find a solution that works best for them to make up the missed instructional time.”