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EACS makes further adjustments to end-of-year schedule; final day now June 4

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:01 am

Last week's missed day due to snow has prompted East Allen County Schools to make more adjustments to its end-of-year school schedule in order to meet the state-mandated 180 days of instruction.

On Tuesday during its regularly scheduled meeting, the district's board of trustees decided to extend the addition of 30 minutes to each school day through Thursday, May 8, according to Tamyra Kelly, the district's public relations liaison.

That will re-capture a total of 25 hours of instruction, which is the equivalent of five days of instruction at the elementary level, or four days and one hour of instruction at the secondary level.

The remaining five hours for the secondary level (grades 7 through 12) will be an E-Learning day, as each student in the district has been issued an iPad.

The district, which has now missed 14 days of school this year, had previously added 30 minutes to each school day for the entire month of March while not holding what are termed "teacher collaboration days." The state Department of Education had issued a waiver for one of those missed days, while two more days were already made up in February.

EACS also made an adjustment to the number of days added to the end of the school year. The district had previously stated that it would add eight days to its previous end of the year schedule, which would have meant the last day of school would have been Friday, June 6.

That has been revised to the addition of six days to the schedule, which now means Wednesday, June 4, is the final day of school for the district.