Board of Education “Forgives” Lost Instructional Time Due To Winter Storms
Dover, Del.–February 20, 2003 Earlier today, the State Board unanimously approved Delaware’s Secretary of Education Valerie A. Woodruff’s recommendation to “forgive” lost instructional time for all of Delaware’s public schools as a result of severe winter weather.
Secretary Woodruff asked the Board to forgive December 5th, 2002 and February 7th, 17th, 18th and 19th of 2003.On December 5th, February 7th and 18th, state agencies were closed and businesses opened late due to adverse and hazardous travel conditions.Although February 17th was a federal and state holiday, a few schools throughout the state were scheduled to be open.Also, Governor Ruth Ann Minner declared a State of Emergency that same day.
“We are in an unusual situation in that so many days have been lost due to inclement weather,” stated Woodruff. “However, simply adding the lost instructional time to the end of the school year would affect summer school sessions,summer school state assessments and family plans.”
All school districts in New Castle and Kent Counties will remain closed through Friday;many schools in Sussex County also remained closed today.Secretary Woodruff stated she chose not to ask for forgiveness for February 20th and 21st if school districts remained closed.Districts are making plans to make up the two days.
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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