(Atlantic) Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein weighs in on The Iowa Department of Education’s recommendation that districts no longer have to hold school for a set number of days. The Iowa Department of Education says instead there should be a minimum requirement for classroom hours. Dr. Amstein agrees with the idea.
“If the D.E. is looking to give school boards a little bit of wiggle room here then if we have to miss school for inclement weather, it gives the board an opportunity to decide what they want to do,” explained Amstein. “Instead of making up an entire day, we could just take a look at adjusting our schedule and adding just a little bit more time each day so we wouldn’t have to extend the school year.”
Currently, Iowa Schools must attend 180-days in the classroom and a minimum of 5 ½ hours a day.
Meanwhile, the Iowa Department of Education says they weren’t unanimous in a recommendation of the school start date. He says their will be a “majority” and “minority” report on that issue. The report will be finalized and submitted to the next legislature.
September 20, 2012