R-XVI board takes spring break day in lieu of extending school year

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Richmond School Board debated its options Tuesday for making up snow days – an issue it acknowledged was likely to make some people unhappy no matter what it decided.

Board Secretary April Green did the math for board members: With eight days missed because of snow and six snow days penciled into the district calendar, Richmond would have two to make up. But when Missouri Department of Education’s forgiveness rule is taken into account -– it cuts the figure in half – the board had to decide when to make up just one day.

Sound simple? Not really, Superintendent Damon Kizzire said.

“I don’t think there’s anyway of doing it that’s good,” he said.

And here’s why, Kizzire explained. The district’s two options included bringing students and teachers back for a day after Memorial Day weekend -– that would be Tuesday, May 28 – or shortening spring break by a day.

The board ultimately decided to use Monday, March 25, originally part of spring break, to make up the day. It also set aside Tuesday, March 26 as a second day should a late winter snow close school again.

The vote was unanimous.

See more board actions in the March 14 Richmond News.


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