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New way to handle days when classes canceled

Learning activities for when school called off are being considered

Sandra Malahy
Superintendent, Lostant Grade School
Sandra Malahy Superintendent, Lostant Grade School

LOSTANT — Responding to a new law, the Lostant School District is planning changes to how it handles days when the school cannot be in session.

The district is considering actions that would remove the need for emergency or makeup days by providing packets and assignments the students can work on should school be otherwise called off.

Schools are required to provide 176 student engagement days, but flexibility in definitions appears to allow the district its own say in their structure.

“They just need to do some instructional activities,” Superintendent Sandra Malahy said of requirements for the students.

“Because there’s no limit for instructional days, they don’t need to be in instructional activities for seven hours.”

The district is looking at emergency packets with a mix of activities from which students might choose, both online and on paper.

To accommodate these changes, the district is also preparing a calendar without the need for emergency makeup days.

In other discussion, the continued search for new administrators has attracted 22 applications. Five have been chosen from that number for interview on Jan. 9.

From these five, two or three are to be selected for board review.

In addition, the district is now seeking a school psychologist who can provide counseling services.

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