This past winter was one for the record books, and local school districts were forced to scramble to meet the state rules for class days.
But most local administrators and school board members have been around long enough to know that the recent horrendous weather is unlikely to be repeated on a regular basis that there have been years when there was barely enough snow for sledding, let alone to warrant closing school. So Johnson County districts were wise not to overreact when crafting next year’s academic schedules.
However, school districts need to be prepared for snow, so that students make up lost time with entire days, rather than this year’s makeshift makeup schedule of a half-hour or so added to several days. No matter how that time is spent, it will never be as effective as an entire day spent in organized study.