(Indianapolis, Ind.) - No matter how many snow days there are, Indiana school districts will be required to get in the minimum 180 student days.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett isn't in favor of letting districts write off the days they've had to cancel this winter. He said Thursday that the Indiana Department of Education will not allow waivers.
“We owe our children 180 days of instruction. It's clearly written in the statute, and our intent is to always follow that statute and make sure our children get the amount of instructional time that the legislature set forth. Frankly, I think we should be thinking of how we get our children more instruction, and not less instruction,” Bennett said.
Franklin County Community Schools are closed again Friday. In only early February, they have almost a dozen days to make up. Last year, the district was force to hold class on two Saturdays to avoid cutting further into summer break.
Batesville Community Schools issued a 90 minute delay Friday.
Bennett said the DOE had received 10 applications for waivers as of Thursday.