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How Will North Penn Make Up All These Snow Days?

The district posted a letter on its website explaining how instructional time will be made up.

The following was posted by North Penn on its website:

Due to days missed during the first week of February because of weather and because of forecasted snow this week, NPSD is adding two instructional days to the calendar as follows:
  • Monday, February 17, 2014 (President’s Day) will now be an instructional day for students. It was originally a day off for students and staff.

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (Election Day) will now be an instructional day for students. It was originally a day off for students and an In-service day for staff. Please note that district administration and school staff will work with the board of elections to ensure the safety of our students on this day. Measures include deploying extra security staff and changing the location of polling sites within the schools.

The last day for students remains Tuesday, June 17.
Given the weather patterns, additional make-up days may be needed in the future and will be considered for the dates of Monday, April 21 and Wednesday through Friday, June 18 to 20.
As a reminder, these changes are in addition to revisions previously made to the calendar due to three snow days that occurred in December and January. These changes are below:

  • Friday, February 14, 2014 will be an instructional day for all students. This was previously a day off for students.

  • Monday, March 31, 2014 will be a full instructional day for NPHS and middle school students. It will be an early dismissal day for elementary students, providing time for a limited number of elementary school parent teacher conferences. This day was originally a day off for all students.

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 will now be a full day of instruction for all students. It was previously an early dismissal day for elementary, Northbridge and NPHS students and a full day for middle school students including sophomore orientation for 9th graders.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 will now be an early dismissal day for elementary, Northbridge and NPHS students. Middle school students will have a full day of school including sophomore orientation.

NPSD thanks parents, staff and students for their cooperation and understanding as we adjust the calendar. The negative impact on instruction and student achievement caused by the loss of these days is a serious concern to NPSD. Mastery of grade level content, Keystone Exam proficiency, PSSA proficiency and Advanced Placement results are at risk if our students do not receive the appropriate instructional time to succeed. NPSD staff members also need adequate time to prepare students. After considering all options, speaking with staff and surveying parents via Facebook, NPSD administration feels that adding days back into the calendar sooner rather than later is best for students.
Please watch North Penn Television (Comcast 28 and Verizon FIOS 29) and log onto www.npenn.org for further changes to the calendar in the event of snow days.

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