PWCS: The snow days kerfluffle
Prince William County Schools continue to agonize over making up snow days. So far, the kids have missed 12 full days and have gone in 2 hour delay 5 times. The delays don’t have to be made up.
At this point, Superintendent Walts is recommending tacking time on to the end of the year. This measure seems pointless and a tremendous waste of time. SOL testing is over. No one wants to be there. No learning takes place.
What really needs to happen is the governor needs to give an executive order that forgives excess snow days. Gasp! Shock! What about the lost instructional time? The horror of it all!
Many years Prince William County Schools has extra days of instructional time. Those days aren’t shaved off. I expect over a ten year period, the schools are ahead of the game as far as instructional days go. Any time tacked on to the end of the year are a waste of time and money. I have yet to see the teacher that could be knowledge into a kid’s head on June 20th.
If all else fails, The superintendent needs to toss that Easter Monday holiday. That’s a travel time day anyway. It would be the least disruptive of all the Spring break days. Secondly, Memorial Day could also be sacrificed. There you have it. Two days recaptured.
Tacking on days at the end seems totally unproductive. Adding to the school day seems like a better approach. If all else fails, PWCS should just apply for the waiver. I am not sure how it works but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Come on, Governor McAuliffe, just forgive the days this year.