Some school districts look to longer school days to make up for time off

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INDIANAPOLIS – This has been one of the harshest winters in years and the number of snow days has really piled up for many local schools.

To make up for the missed time, at least two local school districts are choosing to extend days.

“Yes, it extends the day but we know that we can get a lot done with our students in that hour,” said Wayne Township Superintendent Dr. Jeff Butts. “We knew the teachers were already there, our students were already there, we didn’t have to worry about getting students back to school like we would on a Saturday or on a holiday that was not already scheduled.”

Westfield Washington schools also approved a proposal to extended days. It was either that or add four days on to the end of the school year.

FOX59 talked to more than 15 Indiana school districts today. Several superintendents said they are considering extending the school day to make up lost time. Those districts include Indianapolis Public Schools, Carmel Clay, Perry Township and Zionsville.

Martinsville schools voted Tuesday night to increase school days by one hour from Feb. 19 – March 14, making up for the equivalent of three school days.

In many cases the proposals are still being reviewed and the local school board will have to approve any changes to the calendar year.

Wayne township will see six school days in March extended by an hour.

“I think it’s the best solution when we talk about an education for our students and I’ve gotten an awful lot of positive feedback also from parents, from teachers and really from students,” said Dr. Butts.