School board to consider parent survey for snow make-up days

Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:52pm

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. 

6 Comments on this post:

By: rainessl on 2/21/11 at 11:41

sherman raines i think its foolish for anything to be cannot control mother nature.its always metro with some type of drama.

By: Rocket99 on 2/22/11 at 7:49

Why not just use the entire spring break? Get it all done at once. No extension of the school year. I believe the initial intent of spring break was for extra days for school closings due to inclimate weather and other things.

By: TITAN1 on 2/22/11 at 8:15

A lot of families use spring break as a vacation. Whatever they decide, it will not please everyone.

By: courier37027 on 2/22/11 at 9:24

I thought former mayor Purcell proclaimed Nashville ready for any disaster or emergency after the 9/11 attacks. Since then a flood plan has been put into effect by Mayor Dean, and now Metro is discussing snow days? What is Metro doing to our children with all these false promises of security? We need a blue ribbon commission to answer these questions. Time is of the essence.

By: yucchhii on 2/22/11 at 11:34

First off, why should kids have to make up ANYTHING for the faults of metro? I come from a northern state where SNOW, SLEET, RAIN, WIND and all the elements come into play. ESPECIALLY SNOW AND ICE!! I've been in Nashville for a little over two years. I'd seen a lot of black ice and some snow. The person who runs the public works here needs to be fired! I have but ONCE seen a truck spreading some liquid on the street. But that I only saw ONE (!) truck! I'd seen 3 or 4 snow plows since being in Nashville but the plows weren't even touching the ground. So what are they there for, to use up tax payers money and NOT do anything? No salt trucks on the black ice, and they wonder why there are soooo many accidents....these people are the reasons why the word...DUH exists!!! The city needs to take lessons from the northern states or hire someone from a northern state that KNOWS how to take care of the roads. When I was a kid up north, we went to school even when snow was up to our knees. Plows were out in force and roads were clear. Plows cleared the roads and sand truck spread rock salt. Metro says they don't have the money to take care of the roads...........................................Oh? But mayor DINK has the money to build a convention center that NOBODY wanted AND also has the money to build an 800 ROOM OMNI HOTEL NEXT DOOR. HMMmmmm, INTERESTING!!!!!!!!!

By: TITAN1 on 2/22/11 at 3:03

Peter O, get over it.