The Metro Nashville Board of Education is set to vote at Tuesday’s meeting on how to make up the district’s snow days, a decision that is supposed to consider a survey of Metro school parents.
School officials are hoping to make up one lost snow day prior to TCAP testing, which runs April 13 to April 20. The district is required to make up six days of lost instruction.
Monday evening, Metro schools were to issue a telephone poll, conducted in five different languages, to determine the preference of parents on three different snow make-up options for one lost school day. The options are as follows:
• Attending school Monday, March 14, which had been designated as the first day of spring break
• Attending school Saturday, April 2
• Extending the school day 30 minutes for a 13-day period from March 21 to April 6
Metro school officials are to recommend the school board adopt one of the three options based on the results of the survey.
Last year, the school board opted for the 30-minute extension during a 28-day window to make up snow days, a decision that was later scrutinized by some parents.
Metro has used 10 snow days this year, including four built-in snow days, forcing the district to make up six lost days.
One of those dates was President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 21. Students attended school Monday despite classes originally set to have been closed for the holiday.
Pending teacher approval, the second make-up date is Friday, March 11. The date had originally been set aside for teacher planning. In addition, three make-up dates are to be tacked on at the end of the school year.
The school board’s vote Tuesday, dictated by the parent survey, will decide how the sixth lost day will be made up.