RHPCS Staff & Families,
I have received several inquiries regarding the number of weather related/emergency school closures we have had so far this year. "What will we (Rolling Hills Public Charter School) do about making up time?" The short answer - Rolling Hills does not need to make up days…yet. Please read the detailed information that follows.
Rolling Hills Public Charter School prides itself on the fact that we maximize the instructional time each day with your child. That is one of many reasons why we have an high expectation of attendance. When we miss your child at school they miss a lot of learning. The teachers want to educate your child to their fullest potential. There is only 6.5 hours of school each day and we want to get the most out of those 6.5 hours.
Idaho Code 33-512 has minimum instructional hour requirements for specific grade groupings. (These are yearly hours) In addition, the state allows time for emergency closures in Idaho Code 33-512. Required minimum instructional hours (passing time, recess, and lunch time cannot be counted as time of instruction)::
Kindergarten (half day) - 450 hours
Grades 1-3 - 810 hours
Grades 4-8 - 900 hours
Rolling Hills has built into our 2016-17 Calendar instructional hours:
Kindergarten (half day) - 509 hours
Grades 1-3 - 864 hours
Grades 4-8 - 947 hours
By dividing those hours by our daily instructional hours :
Kindergarten - 3 hours each day
Grades 1-3 - 5.2 hours each day
Grades 4-8 - 5.5 hours each day
The number of full school closure days before RHPCS drops below minimum requirements:
Kindergarten - 19 days
Grades 1-3 - 10 days
Grades 4-8 - 8 days
Our School Board has confirmed for me that we will not have to do make up days, unless we fall below the state minimum. In the case that we must make up days to meet the Idaho requirements, then the decision, with the school board, will be to determine what days will be made up to meet the requirements. Historically, we have always substantially exceeded the minimum. This year, however, we have already been faced with a number of school closure circumstances which could not be avoided for the safety of our staff and students. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the contents of this e-mail. I hope that this helps you to stay informed.
Shane Pratt, MSEd