We have received an updated response from Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Schools, regarding the three day school closure this week due to winter weather.
“Bossier Schools currently exceeds the required number of daily instructional minutes at our schools and feel confident we will not have to adjust calendars or holidays at this time due to the last three days of wintry weather that necessitated classes be canceled.”
With recent winter weather sweeping across north Louisiana, school closures have been in effect since Feb. 23. While children may be enjoying a few snow days at home, some parents have questioned whether or not these days will be made up at a later date.
The Bossier Press-Tribune reached out to Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Schools, to find out the answer.
Bailes said, “While Bossier Schools feels the Governor’s State of Emergency Order issued Monday, Feb. 23 should exclude school districts from having to make up any missed days, as it did with Hurricane Katrina, it is the interpretation of the Louisiana Department of Education that the Governor’s statue then only provided a waiver for 2005-06 hurricanes and, therefore, legal requirements for instructional minutes remain.
“If that is the case, districts will evaluate their current number of instructional minutes being met each day and multiply that by the number of days remaining in the school year. If they meet or surpass the required 63,720 minutes, it will not be necessary to make up days. If the minimum instructional minutes are not met, districts can either adjust existing daily schedules by extending class time to ensure they meet the requirement or adjust school calendars by adding additional days or adjusting upcoming breaks. If this is the case, it would require School Board approval to adjust the approved school calendar.
“We will continue to seek more information and explore options as to how North Louisiana school districts put in this position due to uncontrollable circumstances may seek relief or proceed from this point.”
The Bossier Press-Tribune will stay in contact with the Bossier School System to keep readers updated on this.