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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Superintendent Jamie Piraino said Monday that Franklin Regional students won't attend classes beyond June 6 unless a substantial snowstorm causes more cancellations.

The district has canceled classes five times this winter, but only scheduled four make-up days during the 2013-14 school year.

“Barring a ‘snowmageddon' where we cancel four days, the administration recommends not having a student day on June 9,” Piraino said.

The district schedules 183 school days each year, more than the 180 required by the state.

Students will attend classes 182 days this school year, Piraino said.

The district regularly schedules more instructional hours than are required by law, said Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac.

Students were scheduled to have five days off for spring break in mid-April, but three of those days have become make-up days.

A fourth make-up day is slated for Friday.

With subzero temperatures and frequent early-morning snowfalls, this winter was a logistical nightmare for school administrators across the region.

In addition to the cancellations, Franklin Regional officials called for seven two-hour delays.

Piraino said teachers and administrators have scheduled professional development sessions during the final months of the school year, notably to begin the transition to a new teacher evaluation system.

Elementary students are required to have 900 hours of instructional time — FR elementary students, including those in full-day kindergarten, will receive 1,027 hours.

Secondary students are required to have at least 990 hours of class time.

At the middle school, students will have 1,085 hours, Piraino said.

Those at the high school will receive about 1,057.

All buildings lost about 20 hours of instructional time because of delays and cancellations.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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