Oh Snow: Philly schools shorten spring recess for makeup days

Posted: February 16, 2014

STUDENTS AND parents in the Philadelphia School District may have to rearrange those spring-break plans.

The district announced yesterday that schools will be open April 15, 16 and 17 - previously designated for spring recess - to make up for the six snow days so far this academic year. The last day of school would be June 19.

By state law, elementary and secondary schools are required to be in session at least 180 days. However, the state secretary of education can approve 990 hours for secondary schools, 900 hours for elementary and 450 hours for kindergarten as the equivalent of 180 days. By adding three days, the district would meet the hours standard.

Before the spring-recess change, district schools were on track to finish the year with only 176 school days. The added days bring that number to 179.

Any additional closures due to emergency or weather this year would require the district to review the calendar and make further adjustments.


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