Schools in the Lawrence school district will be in session on April 26 to make up one day that was canceled this year because of snow. But only the two high schools will have to make additional adjustments to make up another day, district officials said this week.
But the high school adjustment will not require students and faculty to add another day to the schedule. Instead, on four days next month, the high schools will use a regular hourly schedule in which all seven classes meet each day, instead of a "planned block schedule" in which classes meet for longer periods of time on selected days of the week.
The high schools will use the regular, seven class per day schedule on Wednesday and Thursday, the weeks of April 1 and April 8.
On those days, all seven classes will meet daily on the regular high school schedule, 8:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Superintendent Rick Doll said the district's calendar for this year had flexibility to absorb the first snow day just before the winter break in December. The district had also reserved April 26 as a possible makeup day in the event of a second snow cancellation.
And because the district plans to be in session on that makeup day, Doll said, the Kansas State Department of Education will "forgive" one additional snow day.
After reviewing the district's calendar in light of the four days canceled so far because of snow, Doll said all of the elementary and middle schools in the district will be on track to meet the state's required minimum of 1,116 instructional hours.
Only the two high schools will need to make the additional adjustments to make up 173 minutes of instructional time.